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January 2, 2008

Camosun College is offering Victoria's first-ever computer class specifically for adults who are Deaf. The part-time evening course which starts January 16 will be taught in American Sign Language (ASL).

Jenny Laing is the outreach worker for Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre (IDHHC) in Victoria. "ASL is the Deaf community's first language", said Laing. "The fact that the class will be taught in ASL, rather than through an interpreter means true access."

This innovative continuing education program is a partnership between Camosun's School of Business, Jericho Hill Legacy Trust and Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre. The class will be taught by Wendy Dobbie, an instructor from the Deaf Community. Any Deaf adult taking "Computers – Level 1 for Deaf Adults" can be funded through the Jericho Hill Legacy Trust.

Visit Computers – Level 1 for Deaf Adults to learn more!


  • Computer technology and the internet now provide new ways for the deaf to communicate, but basic computer literacy is required to access them. The Computers – Level 1 for Deaf Adults provides more than foundational computer skills—the course will enable the deaf to enhance their ability to communicate, and build community locally and beyond.
  • In the Greater Victoria region there are approximately 150 adults who were born deaf and use ASL as their first language. The total for Vancouver Island is closer to 200.
  • The Deaf Community is a linguistic and cultural minority within the greater hearing community—it is always capitalized and Deaf people use the capital letter ‘D" to define themselves as members of the community.
  • English literacy and computer literacy are part of the Jericho Hill Legacy Trust's mandate. The chief objectives of the Jericho Hill Legacy Trust are the advancement of education and vocational programs for the benefit of the B.C. Deaf Community. These programs are designed to advance the education, literacy, employment and economic self-sufficiency of members of the BC Deaf Community.


Debra Little, College & Community Relations

Last updated: January 2, 2008 2:55 pm

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