National Language Recognition Efforts in Canada by CADASC

By Mary Pat Luetke-Stahlman

May 2, 2019 - Lisa Anderson announced that the Senate carried the motion and that Frank Folino had gone to do one last standing speech for ASL, LSQ and ISL which have been put in motion for amendment by Senators. Keep watching the debate!” (Lisa Anderson) Frank Folino, the CADASC president attended the third reading of bill Bill C-81 to discuss an amendment backed by 95 different disability oriented groups.

Soon after her original post, Anderson clarified the steps left for the bill:

“1. The Senate SOCI Committee members have agreed to recommend the amendment for ASL, LSQ and ISL. No contest, no argument. All are in consensus. Motion was passed for two amendments in the Bill. YAY!

2. Next is the full Senate (105 Senators) and acceptance of all the amendments. Senators will hold a meeting with Third Reading votes.

3. Bill C-81 then goes back to the House of Commons for our MPs to accept and vote.“ (Lisa Anderson)

The amendment was set forth to strengthen the Accessibility Canada Act. The Act has also been amended to require full compliance by 2040 rather than leaving the date open-ended. Frank Folino told The Deaf Report that this was the result of a two-year process.

One of the things Folino said during his presentation was that all deaf people must have barrier-free access to be a full and equal participant in society and recognize that ASL/LSQ (and ISL) are languages of the deaf people in Canada.

The passing of the Accessibility Canada Act will implement this at the federal level but Folino emphasized that federal regulations are only guidelines for providences throughout Canada. However, this would be solid ground in order for providences to make legislative motions.

It has been important to the CADASC team behind language recognition to preserve language even though children are being implanted and are hearing better these days with resources. They want to ensure that sign language is here to stay for future generations to come. “We must preserve sign languages (ASL, LSQ, ISL, et al) for our future generations” said Frank Folino.