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Welcome to the NEW I Listen!  We incorporated your feedback from the membership survey to make this newsletter what you want to read! Expect to see the NEW issue of I Listen delivered to your inbox, Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays! The stories are of interest to Canadians with hearing loss. The information is drawn from news media across Canada and around the world, and chosen to raise awareness of communication strategies that assist hard of hearing people in their daily lives. CHHA is the national voice for Canadians with hearing loss, and is a non-profit consumer organization.

Bienvenue à À l'écoute, un bi-hebdomadaire électronique qui vous informe sur les produits, services et événements d'intérêt pour les Canadiens ayant une déficience auditive. L'information est tirée de diverses sources de partout au Canada et dans le monde entier. Notre objectif est sensibiliser les malentendants et de leur permettre de choisir des stratégies de communication qui les aident dans leur vie quotidienne. L'AMEC est la voix nationale des Canadiens ayant une déficience auditive. Nous sommes un organisme sans but lucratif.

                                                                                                October 5, 2016 | Issue 2

Message from your Executive Director

After considerable discussions and feedback from the membership through the survey and at the Leadership in Action workshop, on the need to update the CHHA National website, we have listened to you and have taken action.
Development of the new site has begun. Staff created a site map based on your feedback.  A call for proposals was circulated to three proponents this week to prepare a new design.
The new site will have an active Chapter and Branch section that provides contact information for each chapter and branch, an overview of each and an events page with a registration portal to streamline this process. It is intended that this section will be actively used by all of our chapters and branches to profile your organizations and showcase your accomplishments.
There will also be a Membership section providing up to date information on benefits, scholarships and awards. And an extensive section on the numerous advocacy initiatives that CHHA National is undertaking.
Since the new website is still in the early stages, I encourage your continued feedback to ensure the new site reflects your expectations and pride in the CHHA organization. I look forward to hearing from you.
-Glenn Martin, National Executive Director 

Call for Workshop Proposals : 2017 CHHA National Conference
CHHA National

The 2017 CHHA National Conference will be held May 25-27, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre (located at 2243 Beacon Ave W, Sidney, BC, V8L 1W9) in Sidney, British Columbia.

The conference will be held over the span of three days with programming including an Exhibitor Trade Fair, Keynote Speaker, Research Symposium, Workshops and a special social event for delegates. CART and Looping will be provided by CHHA National for all presentations.

This is a call for proposals to present at the 2017 CHHA National Conference. Proposals may involve innovative research, emerging technology, ideas, projects or topics of direct interest to persons who live with hearing loss, whose primary means of communication is a spoken language (i.e. English).

Topics should be relevant to the CHHA National Conference or hearing loss issues in general.

Click here  to find information needed to submit your proposal. The deadline for submissions is December 2, 2016.

For more information regarding the 2017 CHHA Conference, please visit:

If you have any questions about the Call for Proposals, Deadlines or Documents required for submission, please do not hesitate to contact Chantal Coleman, Events and Communications Coordinator at .
Support is still needed for Walk2Hear
CHHA National

While the 2016 Walk2Hear walkathons may be over, you can still support CHHA Vancouver and YAN and make a donation or pledge to a walker today! Fundraising will continue until the end of October, so even if you were not able to attend a walk, you can still help us by making an online donation at or search for a walker who participated in Walk2Hear and help them meet their goals. Thank you to all who participated in Walk2Hear this year and to the many leaders and volunteers who were involved in its success.

Spotlight On...

CHHA Scholarship Recipient-Kristin Piche
CHHA National

 Kristin Piche of Victoria, BC is the 2016 recipient of the MEDEL Scholarship ($1,500). 

She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Marine Biology.  She is in her third year of her studies and plans further advanced studies.  She received her implant in June of 1995.  In her travels, she learned to surf and scuba dive as part of her love affair with the ocean. 

The MEDEL Scholarship ($1,500) was created in 2013. In addition to the regular scholarship eligibility requirements, the applicant must use a cochlear implant and be a member of CHHA when submitting the application.  

The 2016/2017 Scholarship Process will be opening soon. Please check back to: regularly for details. If you have any questions about the scholarship please contact:



Workplace Accessibility Nominations
CHHA National

Nominate a workplace in your community for the CHHA Workplace Accessibility Awards! Workplace should follow some or all of the following criteria: accessible websites (including captioning for videos), accessible venues that have hearing accessibility equipment, good acoustics and lighting for patrons, accessible employers that offer the equipment their hard of hearing staff can use, or accessible events that offer looping/CART at their meetings and events. Please send a short paragraph on why you chose this company for the workplace accessibility award. Nominations can be sent to until October 31, 2016. Winning company will be announced on November 14 and will receive a Sennheiser Headset and a company profile on the CHHA website. 
Rick Hansen Foundation: Access4All- Barrier Buster Grants
Rick Hansen Foundation

What is a Barrier Buster project?

Barrier Buster project has two parts:
  1. An infrastructure improvement to the built environment in a public place or space to remove physical barriers and improve accessibility (e.g., a school, community centre, park, library, church hall or theatre.) AND
  2. An associated awareness building event designed to showcase and celebrate the project.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada, the Rick Hansen Foundation will provide grants of up to $30,000 to eligible Barrier Buster projects and associated awareness building events across the country.
Barrier Buster projects range from adding an entrance ramp to a building to making a playground accessible for kids of all abilities. Below are a few sample projects. For a more detailed list of sample projects, including costs and resources, see our Barrier Buster project list.

Apply for A Grant
Who can apply? Any school, municipality or community group that is a registered Canadian charitable organization and who shares our vision of a more accessible and inclusive Canada. Check out our Eligibility Guidelines for a more detailed list of eligible and ineligible recipients. You can also search for your donee status on the CRA website.

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017
Text with 911 service coming to Northern BC
My Prince George Now

Text with 911 services are coming to Northern BC at the end of this month, providing a lifeline to the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired .

The Regional District of Fraser Fort George is teaming up with the District of Bulkley Nechako, Cariboo Regional District and Kitimat-Stikine to roll out the service through its 911 provider EComm.RDFFG Director Terry Burgess is hard of hearing himself, says there is a big need for the service in the north.

30 ans d'implants cochléaires pour l'hôpital Glenrose d'Edmonton
Ici Radio Canada

L'hôpital Glenrose à Edmonton fête les trente ans de son service d'implants cochléaires, qui permet de redonner un peu d'audition aux Albertains atteints de surdité. 

L'hôpital a ouvert son service d'implantation cochléaire en 1986, le premier en Alberta. Les implants cochléaires, contrairement aux appareils auditifs, n'amplifient pas les sons. Ils convertissent les ondes sonores en impulsions électriques qui sont ensuite dirigées vers le nerf auditif.


Human rights commission won't pursue case of deaf Montrealer denied caption device over language issue
Montreal Gazette

Liebman is adept at lip reading, but “if the actors are speaking very fast or not looking at the camera, it’s very difficult for me to understand. I have to ask other people what happened, or I have to wait (months) for the DVD to come out,” he said in a recent interview with the Montreal Gazette.
So Liebman was delighted back in 2011, when the Cineplex Odeon Cinemas at Cavendish Mall started providing personal closed-caption viewing devices to its deaf and hearing-impaired clients. Liebman had been advocating for better services for the hearing impaired with cinema management for years.
The viewing system, called “CaptiView,” consists of a small display unit mounted on a flexible support arm that plugs into the cup holder of a theatre seat. The wireless technology allows the viewer to watch the film on the big screen, then glance at the device for subtitles when necessary. The client just has to request the device at the customer service counter at the cinema, choose any seat in the theatre, plug it in and sit back to enjoy the film.
But Liebman ran into trouble when he went to see Star Trek Into Darkness — in English — soon after its release in June 2013.


Hearing Loss Isn’t Funny
Hearing Health Matters

This fall, I’m honoured to be featured in the Hearing Loss Association of America‘s magazine ‘Hearing Loss’.  HLAA has given me permission to share the article here. It’s a bit longer than my usual blogs, so feel free to stop reading if you get bored, or to read it in ‘bits’.  And it’s really not that long…
2nd Annual CHIP Conference

October 26, 2016, 2nd Annual CHIP Conference
A Call to Connect; Communication, Partnership and Community Building. Focus is on the role we all play when interacting with people who are affected by hearing loss.

7010 Sherbrooke St. W. Montreal, QC

Keynote address: My Hearing Loss Journey, with Dr. Larry Medwetsky 10:00 am

Afternoon concurrent sessions: 1:00pm 3:00pm
● After lunch, Panel Discussion on current and new hearing aids and Assistive Listening Devices , and we’ll learn about the latest technology available to Quebecers and Canadians.
● Young Adults Focus: The Group will discuss their needs and how CHIP can support
● Profession Workshop with guest Speaker Kate Dupuis “ Exploring the connections
between cognitive and hearing health” Please note this workshop is geared for
professionals only, limited space, register early.

Final Show of Exhibit tables, closing remarks and thank you’s: 3:00-4:00 pm

If you have questions, or would like more information, please contact Danya or 514.488.5552 ext 4500. Please register before Oct. 10th, 2016.
Provincial Government Recognized for Efforts to Increase Accessibility

The Provincial Government's Disability Policy Office has been awarded the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Newfoundland and Labrador's (CHHA-NL) Community Accessibility Award for its Provincial Fire Alert Program, which improves the safety in homes of people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. The award presented last night (Monday, September 26) at the Capital Hotel in St. John's.

"The Provincial Government continues to partner with members of the community of persons with disabilities to improve accessibility in our province. Highlighted by our work with the CHHA-NL, we are advancing initiatives that improve safety by helping to make visual fire alarms accessible to people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. I am very proud of the work of the Disability Policy Office and the CHHA-NL in supporting this important program."
- The Honourable Sherry Gambin-Walsh, Minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development and Minister Responsible for the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Christmas Quilt Fundraiser
CHHA Happy Valley-Goose Bay

CHHA-Happy Valley-Goose Bay is now selling tickets for a beautiful hand made Christmas Quilt.  

Tickets are ONLY $1 each and email transfers are accepted at  Draw date is Dec. 5.  Only 2000 tickets printed.

Call for Volunteers!
CHHA National

CHHA National is seeking volunteers to help with administrative duties at the National Office. If you or anyone you know is interested or have questions, please contact


Newsletter Submissions
CHHA National

If you would like to see your Chapter or Branch newsletter featured in I Listen, send a copy of your latest newsletter to


CHHA Events

“Hear by the Sea” - 2017 CHHA National Conference
CHHA National

Register now for “Hear by the Sea” 2017 CHHA National Conference and take advantage of the early bird rates!

May 25-27, 2017
Mary Winspear Centre
Sidney, BC.

Parent Workshop
The Journey- Raising our Deaf & Hard of Hearing Kids

CHHA BC Parents Branch

This event is for parents who have deaf or hard of hearing children or teens ages 0-18 yrs. Hosted by Parent Support Organizations that believe in the value of parent connections- the workshop will include opportunities to share stories, ask questions and network with other parents.

Saturday, October 22, 2016
9:30 AM-3:00 PM

Southslope Elementary and BC School for the Deaf
4446 Watling Street
Burnaby, BC

Register by October 10- Adults $15 | Children (w/ Childcare) $10
Families Group Halloween Party

Come out for the afternoon to carve a pumpkin together and enjoy a family BBQ. Children (and the whole family) can wear their Halloween costumes! RSVP by October 19 to Brittany or (709) 753-3224

October 23rd
Rotary Sunshine Park (on Thornburn Road)
1:00 – 3:00 pm

When Someone You Love has Hearing Loss
CHHA Manitoba

It’s a challenge for both the person with hearing loss and their family members. Learn about ways to support your hard of hearing relative and improve communication among family members. Registration is required to attend this event- call the city of Winnipeg at 311 to be included on the attendee list. More information is available from the Healthy Aging Research Team at (204) 940-8140.

October 20- 10-11 AM
Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex
999 Sargent Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
LEAP! Now Open for Registration for Fall 2016

What Is The LEAP! Program All About?
LEAP! (Leadership, Empowerment & Achievement Program) teaches hard of hearing youth important life skills like leadership and public speaking in a supportive, relaxed group.  These skills are important for school, employment and the future, but if you ask our participants, they will tell you the most important part of LEAP! is making new friends.

Thursdays: October 6-November 24, 2016
6:00-7:30 PM (Supper & Snacks provided)

To register: Brittany Hiscock, or (709) 753-3224
Charities and giving - What's new
Canada Revenue Agency

As announced in Budget 2016, the CRA will collaborate with the Department of Finance to engage with charities to clarify the rules governing political activities.  The online consultations are now open, and the in-person consultations – which will be held in six cities across Canada – will follow at a later date. The online consultations are the first step in a broader engagement process, and are open to all Canadians, including charities. We encourage you to visit our website and submit your feedback before November 25, 2016.
All feedback received will be fully considered in policy development efforts, including the development of updated guidance or educational resources for charities on the rules governing political activities.

For telephone, fax, and TTY (teletypewriter) numbers, go to Contact the Charities Directorate.

Launch of new national video relay service empowers Canada's Deaf and Hard of Hearing community
Edmonton Journal

 A new service is launching in Canada to empower the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community with tools to communicate better and provide them with greater independence.
SRV Canada VRS enables Deaf and Hard of Hearing people who use American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) to conduct calls via video relay service (VRS) with hearing people through a professional ASL or LSQ interpreter. It simulates, as closely as possible, a conversation between two hearing people.

Le lancement d'un nouveau service de relais vidéo national donne de nouveaux pouvoirs à la communauté sourde et malentendante au Canada
SRV Canada VRS

La communauté sourde et malentendante au Canada est fortement habilitée aujourd'hui par le lancement d'un outil de communication qui lui apporte une indépendance renouvelée.

SRV Canada VRS permet aux personnes sourdes et malentendantes qui utilisent la Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) et l'American Sign Language (ASL) d'échanger des appels avec la communauté entendante, par le biais d'interprètes professionnels LSQ ou ASL via un service relais vidéo (SRV). Cette formule constitue la meilleure simulation possible d'une conversation régulière entre personnes entendantes.

SRV Canada VRS fonctionne comme suit :

  • Les appels SRV sont envoyés via une connexion Internet ultra-haute vitesse par ordinateur, tablette numérique ou téléphone intelligent.
  • Lorsqu'une personne sourde envoie un appel SRV à une personne entendante, un interprète LSQ ou ASL apparaît à l'écran.
  • La personne sourde communique en signes avec l'interprète, qui parle couramment la LSQ et le français ou l'ASL et l'anglais.
  • L'interprète répète ensuite le message verbalement au destinataire entendant.
  • Le destinataire entendant répond, puis l'interprète envoie cette réponse en signes à la personne sourde, servant de relais entre les deux personnes.
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