Collection: Research Materials
Literacy for Deaf Immigrant Adults: A Symposium for Collaboration and Learning was a unique event, the first of its kind in Western Canada. It was inspired by the research project "Effective Techniques and Tools for Immigrant Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults in Bilingual and Bicultural Literacy Programs" conducted by Bow Valley College instructor Brent Novodvorski.
The conference proceedings as outlined in this document centred around Values, Myths and Perceptions including lack of awareness and information; funding, services and programs; and advocacy, lobbying and education.
The symposium generated significant discussion of issues around literacy for Deaf immigrants. Participants formulated an action plan that both closed the symposium and opened the possibility for work in this area to continue. The evaluations of the day were positive overall, though some participants expressed some concern that sometimes ideas that come out of symposia are not pursued and the potential for future work is lost.
The organizing committee for this symposium has committed to following up with interested individuals to establish an on-going working committee to realize some of the goals established in the action plan.