Deaf Children’s Society of BC (DCS) is a registered charity and not-for-profit agency that provides resources, programs, support and information to families with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children from birth to age five. Currently we are the ONLY organization in British Columbia providing pre-school and daycare services in American Sign Language, which is primarily how our clients learn to communicate and function in the world.
Delivering these services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing children costs approximately $50,000 per month, and we need your help!
Without our services, children aged 0-5 in British Columbia would be underserved and miss out on crucial language development, hindering their ability to learn, function, and limit their opportunities in the world.
We believe that all individuals have the right to communicate, be understood, and participate fully in their own family unit and the community. Using a family-centered approach, the professionals at DCS offer their expertise and guidance as families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children navigate through opportunities for speech, language, education and communication. Now established for 39 years, Deaf Children’s Society provides crucial services in the Province of British Columbia to a highly unique, low incidence and vulnerable population.
The families we serve must learn an entirely new language to communicate with their child. American Sign Language is the only language that is 100% accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and their families face complex barriers, isolation, inequity of resources on a daily basis, lack social networks, and struggle to have meaningful family relationships.
Many Deaf and Hard of Hearing children grow up experiencing isolation, loneliness and struggle to see how they fit into the larger world. Fortunately, Deaf Children’s Society has experienced great success in supporting families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. When children receive full time services from us, we are seeing these children entering Kindergarten with all of the language skills they need to be ready to continue their academic career as students in the k-12 education system.
These life-affirming services provided by DCS are creating stronger families and stronger future leaders. Our dedicated team of professionally trained staff and Deaf and Hard of Hearing role models makes us uniquely qualified to provide these services.
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