So, what can I do as a Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Canadian? The Senate will be reviewing Bill C-81: the Accessible Canada Act. So what does this mean? CAD-ASC needs your help to make sure that Senators will include an amendment to the Bill C-81 to recognize ASL and LSQ as official languages official languages of Deaf people in Canada. Take action! 1. Find your Senator! To find your Senator – please check this link: to locate your Senator in your province or territory. Their contact information is found at Note: Senator is different from MP – don’t need to be in residential region, there are Senators found by Province or Territory 2. Write a letter to your Senators! Individuals or Deaf organizations can write a letter. Use CAD-ASC’s template letter, which is available at this link: for you to download and send an email to Senators! Example: If you live in Nova Scotia, and there is 10 Senators from Nova Scotia, please send one letter to each of all 10 Senators from Nova Scotia! You should also involve your family, friends, colleagues, and concerned citizens in the letter-writing, too. Please remember that your personal story will have the greatest impact! It is important to be consistent with same messages that will able to make an impact to your Senator with your personal story on why ASL and LSQ to be recognized in the Bill C-81 in the federal level only! LET’S USE OUR UNITY/SOLIDARITY
TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN! 3. Follow Up with your Senator! Make sure to follow up with your Senator to get an official support for the amendment in the Bill C-81 for recognizing ASL and LSQ as official languages of Deaf people in Canada. 4.Vlog your letters in ASL or LSQ Make sure that the vlog while you are recording yourself is used in the landscape/horizontal format and do not forget to include typed out transcripts and/or captions so hearing people can also watch and follow. For example, your Federal Member of Parliament or any of the Senate of Canada might want to watch your videos, to witness and see your passion. When the Senate of Canada passes the third reading of the Bill in Winter/Spring 2019 and it includes the amendment to recognize ASL and LSQ as official languages of Deaf people in Canada, it will come back to the House of Commons. Do not WAIT to reach out your Federal MPs to support the amended bill when it comes back to the House of Commons from the Senate. TAKE ACTION! 5. Find your Federal Members of Parliament (MPs) To find your Member of Parliament (MP) – please check the website: and use your postal code to get the information. 6. Write a letter to Federal MPs Individuals or Deaf organizations can write a letter for reaching out to get an official support from your Federal MPs to inform that the amended bill which includes the recognition of ASL and LSQ as official languages of Deaf people in Canada. Use CAD-ASC template letter to download and send a letter to your Federal MP. This template letter is found in CAD-ASC MP Kit, You should also involve your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and other concerned citizens in the letter-writing, too. Please remember that your personal story will have the greatest impact! It is important to be consistent with same messages that will able to make an impact to your Federal MPs with your personal story on why ASL and LSQ to be recognized in the Bill C-81 in federal level only! 7. If possible, schedule a meeting with your Federal MP! Ask for a meeting with your Member of Parliament to discuss Bill C-81: The Accessible Canada Act and the amendment for ASL and LSQ recognition as official languages of Deaf people in Canada. 8. Write a letter to the Honourable Minister of Public Services, Procurement and Accessibility Inform the Minister Qualtrough why ASL and LSQ is critical for our accessibility, language rights and civic participation! Be polite, give constructive feedback and use your personal experience with the federal government through information, communications and services to show how it will make a difference if ASL and LSQ is recognized in Bill C-81: Accessible Canada Act. 9. Follow Up with your Federal MP! After you had your meeting, or after you email the first time, make sure to keep in touch in touch with your Federal MP, and follow up through an email to get an official confirmation of their support for the amendment in the Bill C-81 for recognizing ASL and LSQ as official languages of Deaf people in Canada. Please let the CAD-ASC know which Federal MP you contacted or met with. We need to keep track how many Federal MPs are aware and support, we need over 170 Federal MPs to support this this to make sure the amendment is successful. 10. Questions? Hope we have given you enough ideas how to participate and put the pressure on the federal politicians for our common goal: “Recognize ASL and LSQ as official languages of Deaf people in Canada” This includes all Deaf, Deaf-Blind
and Hard of Hearing Canadians! Contact the CAD-ASC if you want further support, Thank you!