If you can't find a favorite Vlog which you may have seen before, go to the subpages below.  You will find it filed at the end of the list under VLOGS
This is our goal...

We help support each others' learning in the following ways:
  • notify students of up coming courses
  • inform students of Deaf events
  • share interesting ASL websites
  • share our experiences as ASL learners
  • provide opportunities to get together and practise our skills e.g. Coffee Nights, Potluck, Picnics, or a dinner out
Check Out What's New
The Signing Naturally Curriculum has been updated.  It is even better than before.  The instructors are very excited about the changes.
Prep or Preparatory simply means the Beginner's Course.  This will now be called ASL 100.
Unit 1-6 is approx. 120 hrs.

Basic is the next course and will be called ASL 200.  Unit 7 - 12 is approx. 120 hrs.

N.B. The book and 2 DVDs shown on the right are the student materials and are essential if taking the course.

UVic currently offers these courses for credit and VCC will follow suite in the fall.  The 120 hrs. will be 6 credits and transferable from one institution to another.  Wow! Pretty exciting, isn't it?

Go to the Internal News below to find a link to all the post-secondary institutions which offer ASL Courses.

    with Kevin Struxness, MA
 This hour-long educational video features 50             different mouthing movements with their respective meanings.  Written text accompanies the signing demonstrations.  This DVD is recommended for ASL students at all levels.This DVD is available from VCC bookstore or DeeBee.com



ASL & Deaf Studies Introductory Course
Two Preparatory (Prep) sign language 010 sessions at a beginner's level are being offered at VCC this summer.  The course is from July 6 to Aug. 14, 2015. Classes are held Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  There are a few spaces left so you need to register soon.  www.vcc.ca

DID YOU KNOW that our Deaf Instructors are highly qualified to teach these courses.  Here in BC they have taken ASLCP (Certificate Program) and the BCIDP (Instructor Diploma Program).  A Canadian-wide certificate is the SLIC or Sign Language Instructor Certificate.  Many of those teaching ASL have a BA or MA degree in ASL & Deaf Studies.

who just received her MA with honours from Gallaudet University. She is a leader in the field of ASL Education and we are so fortunate to have her here in BC.  Recently, the university celebrated its 145th commencement .  The University conferred 212 undergraduate and 176 graduate degrees. "Gallaudet University, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students was established in 1864."

See the new segment on DEAF CULTURE near the bottom of this page.  It will direct you to a subpage with videos which let the hearing world in on Deaf culture through humour.


For an interesting dining experience

  try  DeaFined located on the second floor at
 2340 West 4th Ave. in Vancouver near Vine.

  The opening was on
May 7, 2015.

  The restaurant employs Deaf and
  hard-of-hearing servers. They ask customers to order from the
  Mediterranean themed menu using ASL.

  Their aim is to build bridges between deaf culture and the hearing world.  Unfortunately, at the moment they are not wheelchair accessible and hopefully this will change in the near future.
        Pictured above:  Restaurateur Moe Alameddine & server Mika Sarmiento.
Check out In the News: Straight.com and CBC.ca

Internal news

  • ASL CLASSES Check out the various institutions which provide classes in American Sign Language using the Signing Naturally curriculum.  You can register online or by phone using your credit card.  You can ...
    Posted Oct 6, 2015, 4:55 PM by Daun Eby
  • Gallaudet Univ. ASL Summer Program Gallaudet University is the world renowned liberal arts university for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, in Washington, D.C. The University enjoys an international reputation for its outstanding programs and ...
    Posted Jun 3, 2015, 5:04 PM by Daun Eby
  • DCS Beginners ASL Course Deaf Children's Society of BC - Sign Language Course  DCS and Burnaby School district 41 are offering American Sign Language Beginner #1 starting Tuesday, April 5th for 10 sessions. This ...
    Posted May 9, 2015, 9:25 PM by Daun Eby
  • Myshelf Check out Myshelf in the sidebar.  This is a wonderful resource of books which features Deaf characters for book lovers of all ages.  There are also some interesting links to ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2015, 10:16 AM by Daun Eby
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Note that only five of the items in the "Internal News" show at first glance. 
Click "View more" to see all of the items, if more are posted. 

was held on May 2nd. This annual event is organized by the full-time students at VCC with the help of Deaf volunteers.  If you missed this event this year, put May 7, 2016 on your calendar and circle it.  This event is held on the first Saturday in May each year from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  This great event is a lot of fun.  Don't miss it!  More details will be posted as the date draws near.


Here are  a couple of new questions for you.  Who was Canada's first Deaf doctor?  How does a Deaf doctor monitor someone's heart beat?

Answer these questions on daunasl@gmail.com.
Go to Practice Sites: Phrases and Much More in the sidebar at the top.  You will find a section on health with ASL phrases.
Medical Information in ASL

How many sign languages are used in the courts of Canada?  Who was Canada's first Deaf lawyer?  Go to Canada Deaf Trivia for the answers.  Click on Subpages: View All below for the index. 

When  you go to Canadian Deaf Trivia you will find a file cabinet full of information for you.  Check this out! 

Each article in the Subpages contains links to more information.  These are gold, all you need to do is dig a little deeper.

describes the social beliefs, behaviors, art, literary traditions, history, values, and shared institutions of communities that are affected by deafness and which use sign languages as the main means of communication.

Rather than lecturing hearing on Deaf culture, Guthrie Nutter uses humour to get his point across. 

Go to the Subpages below. Click on View All to find the index of pages. Open Deaf Culture where you will find Guthrie Nutter's videos.

Plan now!  Imagine attending ASL classes aboard ship while visiting the Caribbean.  This cruise is open to the public, including deaf, deaf-blind, hard-of-hearing and hearing who would like to learn American Sign Language.

There are many travel plans that include ASL.  There are also programs for Interpreters.  Many cruise lines also make interpreters available to Deaf passengers to ensure accessibility.

Check out Passages Deaf Travel http://www.passagesdeaftravel.com


That is thanks to all the people who are making good use of this site.  When people send me interesting articles to daunasl@gmail.com, I include them here for everyone.  Go beyond the home page.  Remember to search the Subpages for additional information--this is our treasure chest.  The sidebar has more interesting links and hopefully, students are making use of the practice sites.


 It is to be found by digging deeper into this site. 
There is a wealth of information waiting for you.

Find the treasure that awaits you.



Deaf Events

Class Schedule

Student Social Events

The calendars above are a work in progress.  Thank you for your patience.


Through Delta. Continuing Education, an ASL Conversational Group has been started.  We have a Deaf facilitator who provides us with a framework and ensures that our signing is correct, not to mention us having the enjoyment of his stories and humour.  The group meets every thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the library at North Delta Senior Seconday.  You can sign-up now, in the fall and again in the winter and spring.  The group will continue through to June.

On the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month the
meets at Milsean Shoppe in Aldergrove, 2900 - 72nd Street from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. http://www.milsean.com/

meets in the Mall Food Court on Fridays, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.  For more information, contact dhussey@me.com

Deaf Well Being Program COFFEE GROUP DROP-IN!  Days: Every Wednesday starting June 3rd Times: 1:30-3:30PM Where? Well Being Program #300-4211 Kingsway, Burnaby (close to Patterson station).   Questions? Contact Patti Dobie Patti.Dobie@vch.ca 

Check out the Deaf coffee socials on DeafBC in the sidebar.



The FNDC newsletter is jammed packed with interesting articles and announcements regarding local events.  Check out just a few:
  • Annual Family Deaf Camp 2015 - July 2nd to July 5th
  • Silent Walk & Run sponsored by BC Deaf Sports Federation Sunday, June 28, 2015
  • FCS Family Summer Immersion, July 20 to 24th including sign  language classes, educational workshops and networking opportunities
  • Sign Language Interpreted Performances:  The Lion King, June 26th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Frozen, Nov. 29, 2015
  • Article: Deaf Education: A New Philosophy
  • Madness in the Mainstream available in ebook

People who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard-of-Hearing or Speech Impaired (DHHSI) and live in specific communities of B.C. can communicate with 9-1-1 operators using a special text service called Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1). To help teach people about this critical service, we hope you will share our public education materials by posting the following link to your website:

"Audism" Have you wondered what this term means?
View the video at http://fr4.frontrunners.dk/mix/audism.htm and learn more by reading these books:

The Mask of Benevolence by Harlan Lane

To learn more about "Deafhood" check out
Understanding Deaf Culture: In Search of Deafhood by Paddy Ladd
(click on title for link to Amazon.ca)


What Is Sign Language, Linguistic Rights in the UN Recommendations and Conventions, and the Status of Sign Languages in the UN Member States?

Check out this vlog.  Written text is also available.  http://www.deafcanadian.com/
This is an information packed site by Shelley Potma, a Deaf educator in Ontario.  Wow!

SHELLEY POTMA'S VLOG AND WEBSITE LINK  See "Audism on National TV" and so much more.  Her site provides insights into the issues which face Deaf Canadians.
Silent Walk & Run  Register Now!
This year BCDSF's Silent Walk & Run will take place as part of the Scotiabank Half Marathon and 5km Race on Sunday, June 28, 2015 .   BCDSF is one of the official charities for this event!  When registering online please support BCDSF by using the Scotiabank Charity Challenge online fundraising system.
Go to either DeafBC or BCDSF to see the flyer.

You may have seen this TV show when it first came out.  There are four seasons which can be seen on Show Box, if you have it. 

"Switched at Birth
is an American teen/family drama television series that premiered on ABC Family on June 6, 2011. The one-hour scripted drama is set in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and revolves around two teenagers who were switched at birth and grew up in very different environments: one in the affluent suburb of Mission Hills, Kansas, and the other in working-class East Riverside, Missouri.  According to ABC Family, it is "the first mainstream television series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars and scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language (ASL)".

I Like to be Deaf

I was born deaf and I like the way I am.
When I am sad I hear nothing to cheer me up
No music, and no company.
I can't hear the birds chirp in the morning,
Neither the droplets of early morning dew.
I can feel, look at the sky, it's the color of love,
Love brings us together.
I can communicate.
Even though I can't hear I use my imagination
like if I were hearing.
Deafness makes no difference.
I am deaf,
I accept it and I won't change it.
Love mends your heart,
I am deaf but the rest of me is like you.

- Author Unknown 

We will be posting information which is more specific for those students in other provinces.  We have started with Alberta and hope to post information from other areas of Canada.  You can find out more about classes being offered in Alberta.  Type in "Alberta" in the "search site" box at the top of the page.  Presto, that will get you started.

Search the Sidebar and Subpages to find
Have you checked out SIGNING SAVVY in the SIDEBAR?  It is a very accessible resource.  Now you can go to the SUBPAGES and find the June 2015 Signing Savvy Newsletter.  It is an amazing resource with Information for interpreters and educators, as well as, a News forum with eight different categories.  One of these categories is "Sign Language  Linguistics" where this clip was found.

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