Thursday, December 22, 2016

Season Greetings message from Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc (DCM Inc)


Please see this special link to see my special message:

Deaf Resource Centre (DRC) will be closed on Friday December 23rd at 1:30 pm till Monday, January 2nd, 2017. The office will re-open on Tuesday, January 3rd at 9:30 am.

Sheila Montney
Executive Director

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

ASL Interpreter provided at Munsch Buster at Prairie Theatre Exchange - January 7th, 2017!!

Manitoba Deaf-Blind Association Christmas Draw Winner List from December 13th event!

A Night out to support of the Me's Deaf Team for Saturday January 14th at Essence (Canad Inn on McPhillip)

Canada Deaf Curling Trials will be held in Edmonton, Alberta on January 19-21, 2017. 

Our own Manitoba Men's Deaf Curling Team (Joseph Comte, John Gessner, Shawn Demianyk, Kayle Miller / Ross LaVallee) will be competing to secure a Canadian spot at the Worlds Deaf Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia - March 2017

Funds raised from this event will help cover the expenses to the trip.

Hope to see you all there!!!

Contact for tickets:
Joe Comte
John Gessner
Shawn Demianyk
Kayle Miller
Ross LaVallee

Monday, December 19, 2016

Friendly reminder- Winter Concert- WED Dec 21st!!


Former Winnipeg City Councillor-Lillian Thomas- Jan 12th!!

The FCC Just Approved a Landmark New Way For Deaf People to Communicate

The FCC Just Approved a Landmark New Way For Deaf People to Communicate
The Federal Communications Commission last week approved one of the most important advances in communications technology for deaf and hard of hearing people in decades, in one of the agency’s final acts under the leadership of outgoing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
In a move that’s being hailed by accessibility advocates and leaders in the deaf and hard of hearing community as a historic step forward, the five-member FCC unanimously adopted rules to facilitate the transition from outdated, analog teletype (TTY) devices to a new, internet-based, real-time text messaging standard (RTT) compatible with the latest smartphones.
As a result of the FCC’s action, the nation’s wireless carriers and device manufacturers will be required to support RTT functionality, which allows real-time text messaging—without the need to hit “send”—in which the recipient can instantly see letters, characters and words as they are being typed.
“We now have the opportunity—as we design our new communications system that is based on internet-protocol—to finally make our nation’s communications systems accessible to everyone,” FCC Chairman Wheeler said at the agency’s monthly meetinglast Thursday.
This innovation will facilitate more natural, conversation-friendly communication for deaf and hard of hearing people—without the need for separate, specialized hardware. It will also allow 911 operators to receive incomplete messages during an emergency, potentially saving lives. RTT technology is expected to be interoperable across wireless networks and devices, creating the potential for unprecedented ease of communication between deaf and hearing people.

“This is a way for deaf and hard of hearing consumers to communicate in ways that haven’t been available before.”

For decades, tens of thousands of deaf, hard of hearing, speech-impaired, and deaf-blind people have relied on TTY devices, which are rudimentary keyboards connected to the traditional PSTN telephone network that facilitate non-verbal, text-based communication. (For deaf-blind people, these machines can be connected to devices that produce a Braille display.)

The origins of TTY devices date back to the 1960s, when Dr. James Marsters, a deaf orthodontist, worked with two colleagues to develop a groundbreaking system that used an acoustic coupler—what we now call a modem—to send audio tones over the phone network that were then converted into readable messages. In their earliest form, TTY devices were bulky, slow-operating machines that weighed as much as 200 pounds, and printed messages between the sender and recipient on paper.
n later years, Marsters would help advance the development of Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS), which improved phone communication between deaf and hearingpeople with the assistance of a third-party person, known as a “communications assistant” (CA), who translated TTY text messages from the sender into speech for the hearing recipient.
The advent of video-calling in the late 1990s and early 2000s led to the development of Video Relay Services (VRS), in which deaf people use American Sign Language to communicate by video with a CA, who then translates the sign language into speech
A Successful Translation From Research to Reality
During a wide-ranging interview with Motherboard using VRS along with Skype messaging and email, Dr. Christian Vogler, who is Director of Gallaudet University’s Technology Access Program, described the importance of the transition for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Vogler, a computer scientist who has been deaf since birth, was a driving force behind the transition and was specifically cited by both FCC Chairman Wheeler and FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai for his contributions to the process. (Gallaudet University is a world-renowned liberal arts university based in Washington, DC, where all of the programs and services are designed for deaf and hard of hearing students.)
“Being at the FCC meeting was very emotional for me for two reasons,” Vogler said. “First, because consumers are getting more access to telecommunications services. Second, because this is a successful translation from research into practice that has taken 15 years. I have been working so hardto push this through and get it passed by the FCC.”
Vogler, 43, became interested in engineering and computer science at an early age. “I got my first computer at the age of 12, the venerable C64,” he told Motherboard. “From there one thing led to another. I became interested in what made computers tick, got into self-taught programming, and eventually figured out that this was what I wanted to do for a living.”
By the time Vogler earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003, he had already stopped using TTY devices in the late-1990s in favor of VRS, for several reasons, he said.

First, the TTY devices of that era couldn’t distinguish between uppercase and lowercase letters, nor could they produce important characters like the “@” symbol—a major drawback for an internet-savvy computer scientist. Second, the devices were too time-consuming. They could only transmit 60 words per minute, and only one party to a TTY conversation could send messages at a time, slowing discussions to a crawl.
But VRS, while faster and more efficient than TTY, had drawbacks as well, Vogler said. First, he had given up the ability to have direct conversations with businesses, colleagues, friends, and family members who also had TTY devices. With VRS there is always a human intermediary. Second, Vogler had lost the ability to have a directconnection to 911 services, which is something that most hearing people take for granted, but could lead to a life-or-death situation for deaf or hard of hearing people during an emergency.
“In dropping TTY we gave up direct communication access with the mainstream phone world, and direct effective emergency calling,” Vogler said. “RTT offers us the opportunity to get both back.”
Wireless Providers and Device Makers Will Take The Lead
The FCC’s vote establishes a technological standard for RTT services that was spearheaded by a team of developers and advocates for the deaf and hard of hearing community, in conjunction with the nation’s leading telecom providers, including AT&T, which took a leading role in the process, as part of the industry-wide Internet Protocol (IP) transition from traditional telephony to internet-based communication.
Over the coming months and years, wireless companies like AT&T and device manufacturers like Samsung are expected to introduce RTT apps for consumers, with the ultimate goal being “native” functionality baked into, and interoperable with, all smartphones and text-messaging apps. Ultimately, RTT technology could prove so popular among all consumers, not just deaf and hard of hearing people, that it could become a new standard for text-messaging services.

For FCC Chairman Wheeler, who announced last week that he is stepping down in January, the successful vote advancing the TTY to RTT transition amounts to a poignant and deeply symbolic conclusion to a three-year tenure during which he made communications accessibility a key priority for the nation’s top telecom regulatory agency. In his comments at last Thursday’s meeting, Wheeler used American Sign Language to praise and thank the assembled deaf and hard of hearing advocates who have worked tirelessly to encourage FCC action on this issue.

“Chairman Tom Wheeler has, in his few years at the FCC, boldly and efficiently removed barriers that have long frustrated deaf and hard of hearing people with respect to making telephone calls, watching videos, and using the internet,” Howard A. Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf, said in a statement. “The NAD thanks him for his dedicated efforts to make the world more accessible for everyone, and wishes him well on his future endeavors.”

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

MacLean Magazine- Sign Language possible third official language!

Sign language being considered as third official language: documents

If enacted legislation would require federal information and services to be provided in English, French and sign language

OTTAWA – The Liberal government has been quietly looking at the possibility of adding a third official language: Sign language.
Raising signing to the level of official language would be a major recognition, given that the use of sign language in Canada was “widely discouraged and even forbidden in classrooms” in the not-too-distant past, federal officials wrote in a briefing note to Disabilities Minister Carla Qualtrough.
Earlier this year, officials in Employment and Social Development Canada looked over sign language legislation in New Zealand, Scotland, Finland and Sweden as part of research about how the government could enact a similar federal law here.
The details are part of a briefing note The Canadian Press obtained under the Access to Information Act.
Such legislation, if enacted, would require federal information and services to be provided in English, French and sign language. In Canada, there are two types of sign language used by people who are medically deaf, hard of hearing, or prefer to sign: American Sign Language and la Langue des Signes Quebecoise.

“We know that Canadians with communication barriers and Canadians who are deaf and hard of hearing face these additional hurdles to being included in our society and our workplaces and our communities,” Qualtrough said in response to questions Thursday.
“I’m very keen to make sure that culture, that language is protected in some way.”
Canada ratified a UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in 2010. The declaration includes a call for countries to ensure that services can be delivered in sign language and enshrine it in law as an official language.
The Liberals are currently consulting on proposals for a wider accessibility law, with the goal of having legislation in place by the end of next year, or early 2018.
Qualtrough suggested Thursday that the government is looking to give public officials the ability to proactively crack down on future violators in the public and private sector, crafting a law that would have some teeth.
The change would be a shift away from the current Canadian human rights model, which prevents federal officials from getting involved until someone complains.
Qualtrough said the current process is onerous, cumbersome and expensive for those who go through it.
A proactive law would mirror the model used in the United States. In separate briefing notes to Qualtrough obtained by The Canadian Press, officials wrote that Canada could consider aspects of the American model, including a centralized complaints process, a decentralized enforcement system and a range of enforcement tools, from educational outreach to fines.
“What we want to do with our accessibility legislation is proactively address barriers to inclusion faced by Canadians with disabilities and functional limitations,” Qualtrough said.
“We have heard loud and clear from people across the country that there has to be some kind of teeth to this, that there has to be some kind of enforcement mechanism. It has to be aspirational for sure, but it also has to set some kind of expectation whether it be in the form of standards or guidelines.”
Qualtrough announced Thursday the government was starting the process to enact an optional part of the UN declaration that would allow Canadians with disabilities to file a human rights complaint with the United Nations and let the international body launch investigations into systemic issues in Canada.

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    Joey Landreth The Whiskey Tour-Thursday March 9th, 2017!


    Please see the link- as Joey Landreth The Whiskey Tour will be at the West End Cultural Centre for Thursday, March 9th, 2017 from 7-10pm. Interested? See this link for more information and costs.

    Sheila Montney
    Executive Director
    Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

    FREE WEBINAR- What is an accessible Canada to you? Thursday, Dec 15th!!

    FREE WEBINAR: Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities! What is an accessible Canada to you?

    Do you have access to all you need to live your life fully? If you’re interested in discussing how invisible disabilities need to be recognized and understood, join us for this one-hour webinar!

    The Government of Canada is working on a Federal legislation that aims to create a more inclusive and accessible society for all Canadians. You can have say in legislation by helping CHHA and its 17 partner organizations identify barriers and social challenges facing those with hearing loss, mental health and learning disabilities. This webinar will kick start a series of interactive webinars being hosted in the New Year!

    In this live webinar, we’ll discuss and engage you in the conversation:
    • Spotlight Project Introduction
    • Hear from those involved
    • Respond and react in real time to discussions
    • Learn about your opportunity to contribute concrete recommendations to the federal government
                        Thursday, December 15, 2016 – 12 P.M. EST

                           ** The webinar will be fully accessible with CART captioning  

    Want a free National Park Pass? See the link to apply it!!

    Want a free National Park Pass... You need to go to the link to apply for free pass. Be advised that the link is very busy so keep trying till you get through to apply it.

    Canada's National Parks are free in 2017,

    Apply for your pass here:

    International Human Rights Day - December 10th!

    December 10th is International Human Rights Day. The Canadian Museum of Human Rights has free admission and is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the landmark United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  CMHR has planned a schedule of programs that highlight people with disabilities featuring performances by 100 Decibels Deaf mime troupe and the All Abilities Dance troupe.

    See the link below for more information:

    Monday, December 5, 2016

    The Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD)- Accessibility Program Manager Position available!

    The Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) is inviting applications for the Accessibility Program Manager position.

    About the MLPD Accessibility Consulting Services Pilot Program

    MLPD is a seasoned, cross-disabilities organization that promotes equal access to opportunities.
    The MLPD Accessibility Consulting Services Pilot Program will help organizations develop and implement their accessibility plans and policies as required by the new regulation:  Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA).
    This program has a social enterprise approach including fee-for-service activities in support of promoting accessibility for persons living with disabilities and generating revenue for MLPD.
    Reporting to the MLPD Provincial Coordinator, the Program Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the MLPD Accessibility Consulting Services Program, including the following:

    Develop accessibility plans with clients
    Facilitate and act as a resource to the MLPD Community Advisory Committee (MCAC)
    Facilitate on-site testing and schedule/coordinate testers
    Plan and manage public forums and/or workshops on accessibility and the requirements as per the AMA
    Prepare reports to funders
    Market the Program resources and services and source potential clients
    As this is a new program she/he will work in collaboration with our Program Coach to develop program resources and processes.

    Must Haves:

    Demonstrated knowledge or expertise in the area of Accessibility
    Demonstrated program management experience
    Excellent planning and organization skills including process improvement, information analysis, and program evaluation
    Strong interpersonal skills
    Strong oral and written communication skills
    Self-motivated and self-directed, but work as part of the MLPD team
    Good to haves:

    Lived experience facing barriers
    Experience advising organizations about Accessibility and barrier removal
    Experience working in the charity sector with a volunteer board structure
    Understanding of the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA), Manitoba Human Rights Code, or history of the disability rights movement in Manitoba


    MLPD office hours:  Monday thru Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm

    This is a one year, full-time, term position (January 2, 2017 - December 31, 2017) which may be renewed dependent on funding. Some off-site, evening and weekend work should be expected.

    Salary range is $33,000 - $36,000 per year.

    Application deadline is December 16, 2016.

    To apply, send a copy of your resume and custom cover letter by email or snail mail to:
    contact at or
    909-294 Portage Avenue

    Winnipeg, MB  R3C0B9

    Holiday Message ASL Video from Joint (ECCOE, MALVI & MDA )- Saturday December 3rd


    I would like to say THANK YOU to Gordon Wiebe 
    (ECCOE/MALVI), Tania MacNeil ( ECCOE/MALVI), Brenda Rutherford (ECCOE/MALVI) , Janine Gunn (1st Year AEIP Student), Jordan Sangalang (MDA Vice President) and especially Doug Momotiuk (MDA Treasurer/Draw Chairperson) for their help with Christmas Draw last Saturday, Dec 3rd!

    Please see this special link from MDA Board-

    Sheila Montney
    Manitoba Deaf Association

    Saturday, December 3, 2016

    Joint(ECCOE, MALVI & MDA) Christmas Draw - Saturday, December 3rd

    Total of Christmas prizes- 72!!

    Joint (ECCOE, MALVI & MDA) 
    Christmas Draw
    December 3rd, 2016
    1)                Kimberley Drummond- Turkey
    2)                Bronwyn Jones- Christmas dish towel
    3)                S. Smith Family- small Christmas tree
    4)                G. Drummond- shortbread assortment cookies
    5)                Rita Bomak- Toberlone chocolate
    6)                Lisa Dessens -Liquor Mart $25.00 gift card
    7)                Grant Thiessen- two pieces stocking holders
    8)                Daniel Mabe- Christmas candle
    9)                T. Bond- Chicken
    10)           Marjorie Chaikowski- HBC $25.00 gift card
    11)           Liette Gervais-Welcome Snowman Decor
    12)           Liette Gervais-Pot of Gold chocolate
    13)           Bruce Koskie- Turkey
    14)           Craig Mostowy- Marshall $25.00 gift card
    15)           Shawn Deminanyk- Christmas Projection light
    16)           Ian Braunlich- Ham
    17)           Sarah De Guzman -Merry Christmas Sign
    18)           Montie Brown-Ultimate Dining Card $25.00 gift card
    19)           Warren Johnson- Merlot Red wine
    20)           Frank Funk-Ham
    21)           Jon Miller- Planters peanuts
    22)           Bonnie Heath- Turkey
    23)           Montie Brown- Christmas Bath towels
    24)           Marjorie Chaikowski-Trinento Red wine
    25)           Bob Zimmer- cookie asssortment
    26)           Len Mitchell- Liquor filled chocolate
    27)           Gordon Gray- Mark $25.00 Gift Card
    28)           Heather Brown- Chicken
    29)           Montie Brown- Christmas cookie jar
    30)           Sheri Mackenzie-Christmas crackers
    31)           Heather Bell- Turkey
    32)           Jaclyn Demianyk- Ham
    33)           Jaclyn Deminayk-Bentley's Black Tea
    34)           Christie Dans- shot glasses
    35)           Hubert Demers- Ultimate Dining $25.00 Gift Card
    36)           Meghan Perreault- Chicken
    37)           Liette Gervais- Shortbread cookies
    38)           Candice Sharpe- Chocolate biscuits
    39)           Candice Sharpe-Turkey
    40)           Heather Bell-Liquor Mart $25.00 Gift Card
    41)           Joanne Ruiz-Gallo Blush wine
    42)           Deidre Hase-Icy Squares chocolate
    43)           Carol Mackenzie-Chicken
    44)           Heather Bell-Christmas mug
    45)           Shawn Demianyk- Planters peanuts
    46)           Jon Miller-All Gold cookies
    47)           Mark Bosko- Liquor Mart $25.00 Gift card
    48)           Kristi Kilpatrick-- Ham
    49)           Linda Strowbridge- Woodbridge White wine
    50)           Candice Sharpe-Cheese cutter
    51)           Grant Thiessen- Ham
    52)           Jeff F( from DC Cafe)- Belgain cookies
    53)           Christie Dans- Christmas light
    54)           Liette Gervais-Homesense $25,00 Gift card
    55)           Danny Klus- Pecan Caramel chocolate
    56)           Marjorie Chaikowski- Silver/Gold Christmas ornaments
    57)           Sheila Montney-Chicken
    58)           Eric Koskie- Hot Chocolate boxes
    59)           Deidre Hase- Citra White Wine
    60)           Joan Coupland- Shortbread cookies
    61)           Christie Dans-Winner $25.00 Gift Card
    62)           Sherry Clark- Garlic Sausage with Christmas bag
    63)           Marjorie Chaikowski-$35.00
    64)           Bonnie Heath-$35.00
    65)           Rita Ruiz-$30.00
    66)           Heather Brown-$30.00
    67)           Rob Ward-$25.00
    68)           Marjorie Chaikowski-$25.00
    69)           Ian Braunlich-$25.00
    70)           James Andrabado-$20.00
    71)           Sue Tebow-$15.00
    72)           Betty Casault-$10.00

    Holiday message video will be posted soon.

    For winners- please go to Deaf Resource Centre office on Monday between 9:30-4 pm & approx 5 -7 pm. After hours, please contact Doug Momotiuk (dougmomotuik at or Sheila Montney  (mdapresident72 at for an arrangement.