How can we support you?
BC Deaf Youth Connect
BC Deaf Youth Connect will connect school age deaf/hh children and youth with a Language Acquisition Support Worker (LASW) who will provide an opportunity to connect online with a LASW who is Deaf and fluent in ASL. Sessions are provided by Family Network for Deaf Children’s Deaf Youth Today (DYT) mentors with support from Surrey School District.
Who are these Sessions for?
These sessions are for school age deaf/hh children and youth who live in B.C. and are either in Kindergarten (or will start in Fall 2020) up to and including those completing high school.
What does an online sessions look like?
These 1:1 sessions will provide deaf/hh children and youth with an online opportunity to chat, play a game, or learn something new as well as be more informed about COVID-19, from a mentor that is also a fluent ASL user. Online sessions may also include larger age-appropriate groups to encourage friendships or game playing.
FREE: Yes, all sessions are free. You may book several sessions.
How to Book?
See the banner above to book with one of the DYT mentors. AND Don’t forget to scroll right to see the many mentors who may share your hobbies and interests. You may book a session for up to 30 minutes as often as you want.
Supervision for this Program?
The program is being overseen by a bilingual Registered Clinical Counsellor so professional support and consultation will be available to address or refer any significant challenges. Sessions will take place via Zoom (with a password).
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT OFFERED TO FAMILIES:
If families require any counselling support, you may contact:
Deaf Well Being Program (Vancouver Coastal Health Authority)
Kristen Pranzl, Program Coordinator
Private Registered Clinical Counsellor
A session with a professional Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) provide support during these uncertain times. The fee for this service is in accordance of the BCACC guidelines; a receipt will be provided for reimbursement through your extended benefit provider, as applicable, and so please check your coverage.
We'd like to offer resources that have been shared with the Deaf community for both COVID-19 related information and educational resources to help during this time. We will continue to build and add to this list.
- Daily Moth - The Daily Moth delivers news in video using American Sign Language.
- Storytime with the BC Whitecaps with ASL interpreter