Sign Languages (North America)
- 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
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 US.
- Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD)
- Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA)
- Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind (CNSDB)
- Canadian Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters Council (CTTIC) – professional translators and spoken language interpreters for Canada
- American Translators Association (ATA) – professional association of translators and interpreters in the US.
- National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) – for court transcribers in USA. Note: all three (3) Canadian chapters (BC, AB, and ON) are affiliated with NCRA.
- 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 (only BC?) to provide medical interpreting service.
- Canadian Assn. of the Deaf v. Canada (2007) [ PDF ] – court decision requiring all federal departments to provide sign language interpreters for deaf 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 ]
- Post-Secondary Communication Access Services (PCAS) – One-stop resource for post secondary schools in BC
- 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
- RID’s Standard Practice Papers
- 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.
- Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) – regulates communication including phone, radio, and broadcasting in Canada. Has limited or no jurisdiction over Internet.