Sign Language Institute Canada
Sign Language Institute Canada (SLIC) was established in 1981 by the late Carole Sue Bailey to develop the national certification process for Sign Language Instructors/Teachers. We are a growing organization. SLIC is a national network of professionals striving to excel in higher standards for teaching Sign Language. SLIC certifies teachers and instructors of Sign Languages through the American Sign Language Proficiency Interview (ASLPI) American Sign Language Instructors of Canada Evaluation (SLICE). It provides instructors access to educational resource materials and networking connections with professionals, mentors, American Sign Language (ASL)/ la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ), and signed languages of the Canadian Deaf Communities across Canada.
Unfortunately, LSQ SLICE evaluation is not available at this time but SLIC, in partnership with the Société culturelle québécoise des Sourds and LSQ communities across Canada, is working to have LSQ certification implemented in next three years.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2021, SLIC operates under the umbrella of the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD), a non-profit charitable organization that relies on volunteers, donations, and community partners to provide quality programs and services in communities across Canada. Currently SLIC is one of the important branches of CCSD.
What your support would provide impact on:
- National certification for Sign Language Instructors and more e.g., ASL)/ LSQ coaches
- Training and evaluation
- Professional development opportunities for SLIC members
- The expansion and enhancement of SLIC as a professional organization
- The recognition of SLIC as the leading expert in teaching Sign Languages namely ASL & LSQ and signed languages of Canadian Deaf communities
- Partnership opportunities
What we can provide:
- Fostering of quality of Sign Language instructors/teachers through:
- Professional Development
- SLIC Conferences
- Training & Evaluation procedures
- Education to the public to hire qualified ASL instructors/teachers
- Access to a national network of leaders and mentors who strive to excel in higher standards for teaching sign language
- Design and development of the SLIC certification process
- Awarding of the SLIC certification
- Social media network, information sharing
The priority of the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf has always been to preserve Sign Language of the Deaf Community, increase literacy levels across Canada, improve accessibility to quality education and services, and celebrate Deaf Life.
Since ASL is recognized as a language with a grammar of its own which is used by Deaf people in Canada and the United States, methods of teaching ASL have changed considerably. The Deaf Community now demands formal instruction of ASL and this has led to the founding of American Sign Language Instructors of Canada.