- American Sign Language (ASL) [ Wikipedia ] – primary language of English-speaking Deaf in North America
- Langue des signes du Québec (LSQ) [ Wikipedia ] – primary language of French-speaking Deaf in Québec, Canada.
- International Sign (IS) [ Wikipedia ] – contrary to popular belief, sign language is not a universal language. Like spoken languages, sign languages around the world are different. International Sign, formerly known as “Gestuno”, is an artificially devised sign language. Gestuno is to Deaf as Esperanto is to Hearing.
- List of sign languages around the world
Note: if you’re looking to learn sign language, see Learning American Sign Language .
Note: see national websites for a listing of provincial, state, and local chapters/affiliates
- Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) – national professional association of ASL interpreters for Canada except Québec (see AQILS).
- Association québécoise des interprètes en langues des signes (AQILS) – professional association of LSQ interpreters for Québec
- Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) – national professional association of ASL interpreters in the United States.
- Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) – promote the rights of deaf people in Canada
- Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) – promote the rights of hard of hearing people in Canada
- Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind (CNSDB) – promote the rights of Deaf-Blind people in Canada. Operated by Deaf-Blind.
- Canadian Deafblind Association – promote the rights of Deaf-Blind people in Canada. Operated by relatives of Deaf-Blind (?).
- National Association of the Deaf (NAD) [ Wikipedia ] – promote the rights of deaf people in the United States.
- Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC) – professional translators and spoken language interpreters in Canada
- American Translators Association (ATA) – professional translators and spoken language interpreters in the United States.
- National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) – for court transcribers in USA. Note: all three (3) Canadian chapters (BC, AB, and ON) are affiliated with NCRA.
- World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) – aim is to advance the profession of sign language interpreting worldwide. See WFD-WASLI International Sign Interpreter Accreditation.
- World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) – aim to promote the Human Rights of Deaf people worldwide by working closely with the United Nations and its agencies (e.g. ILO, WHO, etc.). More information here.
- Charter of Human Rights (Canada) – Human Rights laws in Canada
- Howard v. the University of British Columbia (1993) [ PDF ] – court decision requiring all schools to accommodate students who are in need of accessibility-related support to participate in classes.
- Eldridge v. British Columbia Attorney General (1997) [ PDF ] – court decision requiring province (BC only?) to provide medical interpreting service.
- Canadian Association of the Deaf v. Canada (2007) [ PDF ] – court decision requiring federal departments to provide sign language interpreter on request when interacting with federal employees.
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) – enacted in 2005 for the purpose of improving accessibility standards for Ontarians with physical and mental disabilities to all public establishments by 2025. [ Wikipedia ]
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (United States) – a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. [ Wikipedia ]
- Post-Secondary Communication Access Services (PCAS) – BC province-wide service to support access for students who are Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind.
- Accessible Canada – Consulting with Canadians on accessibility legislation (Note: public consultation closed as of Feb 2017; stakeholder consultation closed as of Oct 2017)
- AVLIC’s Position Papers & Resources Note: for legal interpreting, see “Legal Interpreting Resources” section. [ AVLIC, PDF ]. ASL version available on AVLIC’s site.
- RID’s Standard Practice Papers
- European Union of the Deaf – International Sign Guidelines (May 2012) [ PDF ]
- Provincial Review of ASL Deaf Studies and Interpreter Education in BC (Oct 2009) [ PDF ]
- Deaf Wireless Canada Committee (DWCC) – advocate fair wireless plan for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind. Works extensively with CRTC and telecoms.
- Ensuring Your Workplace, Service or Event is Accessible to Deaf Individuals [ WAVLI, PDF ]
- Guide to Accessible Events [ Ryerson, PDF ]
- City of Vancouver – Accessible events checklist and resources
- DLR Consulting – offers an array of services and skills sets (e.g. consultation, teaching, interpretation, assessment, etc.)