Any BC Family Hearing Resource Society family is able to access the various programs we offer during the year.  Some programs are offered in various locations throughout the province to increase accessibility.  We also offer the opportunity to join us online for many of our workshops and classes.  With a wide variety of programs, they offer the opportunity for families and children to connect with each other, learn more in a fun environment and become a part of a very special community.  We are always interested in finding out what our families are interested in; please contact us to share your thoughts about future classes and workshops.

Online/In-Person: Foundations for Families

Our FOUNDATIONS Workshop is designed to strengthen families’ knowledge of their child’s hearing/deafness and how it relates to their language development.  The workshop also aims to equip families with the knowledge they need to make well-informed decisions and strategies to support their child’s progress.  It is a 2-day program that is led by Early Interventionists.

2021/2022 Dates:

  • October 30 & November 6, 2021 (Online only)
  • May 7 & 14, 2022 (In-Person only)

Online: ASL Classes

Our ASL evening classes provide an opportunity for parents to learn language & skills, as a group, appropriate for their children at their stage of development.  It also offers parents the chance to get to know one another in an environment with shared goals.  These sessions are open to other family and community members if space is welcome.

2021/2022 Dates:

  • ASL 101 Class: Mondays, October 18 – December 6, 2021/January 10 – March 7, 2022
  • ASL 102 Class: Wednesdays, October 20 – December 8, 2021/January 12 – March 2, 2022

Online: Monthly Drop-In ASL Sessions

This online class is appropriate for anyone who would like to start (or continue!) learning ASL, including parents, extended family members and caregivers.  Join BCFHRS’s Sign Language Consultants and Early Childhood Educators each month as they teach themed ASL vocabulary and phrases, and share fun activity ideas!   Note: This class requires no video participation: feel free to learn & practice with your camera off! 

2022 Dates: January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30 (last Thursday of each month)

Online: PEER Kindergarten Transition Program

The Preschoolers Esteem & Emotional Readiness (PEER) program, developed by BC Family Hearing Resource Centre, is designed to educate parents about how to effectively advocate for their child’s specific needs as related to hearing loss/deafness in school settings. This consists of a monthly evening workshop for parents and a joint workshop for both parents and children at the end of the program. PEER is available to families one year prior to their child’s entrance into Kindergarten.  Register HERE.