Alberta Cultural Society of the Deaf

Registered Name: ALBERTA CULTURAL SOCIETY OF THE DEAF

Business Number: 891606048RR0001

Our Mission:

* Promoting a positive image of Deaf people, their culture and their heritage

* Give Deaf and Hard of Hearing Albertans opportunities to express their ideas and develop their skills and talents

* Preserve Deaf Culture and promote excellence in cultural endeavours among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Albertans

* Encourage cultural interest and involvement among Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens of Alberta Cultural Society of the Deaf

* Preserves, encourages, and advances the arts and culture of Alberta population by featuring performing and visual arts, media arts and literature reflecting Deaf heritage. Deaf cultural values - including the importance of signed languages, culturally appropriate behaviours in the community, the value of the collective and Deaf arts - known as Deaf View Image Art (De'VIA). 

* Foster Deaf pride

* Encourage the use and recognition of ASL (American Sign Language) as distinct language

* Further enlighten hearing society as to the capabilities of Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons

* Provide workshops for the Deaf Community on Deaf Culture, Deaf Studies and features of ASL

* Support community colleges and other educational institutions in Alberta, which offer programs related to Deaf Studies and/or ASL

* Provide American Sign Language Instructors of Alberta with workshops and updated information on ASL and Deaf Culture from ASLIC (American Sign Language Instructors of Canada)

* Heighten awareness among the general public about bilingual/bicultural education of the Deaf

* Provide resources (books and DVDs) about deafness

* Support community colleges and other educational institutions in Alberta, which offer programs related to Deaf Studies and/or ASL

* Host events such as Deaf Deaf World 

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