Frequently Asked Questions
Family Network for Deaf Children (FNDC) is a parent run, non-profit, store charitable organization supporting families with deaf and hard of hearing children & youth that use sign language or are interested in learning sign language. Even though technology and methodology have changed over the years, we seek the wisdom of parents, professionals and Deaf/Hard of Hearing adults so that common themes of access, equity and a sense of belonging continue to be highlighted in areas such as: social/recreation, leadership, education, employment, general services and community involvement.
Deaf Youth Today (DYT), is FNDC’s summer social/recreational program and is committed to providing language-rich social/recreational experiences and leadership opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing children/youth in British Columbia. The DYT program is for deaf and hard of hearing children that feel comfortable in a signing environment or are interested in learning!
Yes – it is confusing. Our organization primarily focuses on deaf and hard of hearing children that use sign language or are interested in learning sign language. Recently, there have been many hard of hearing teens wanting to learn sign language. It’s great to share a community: deaf, hard of hearing and hearing. Our core belief is that it’s the communication that brings us together. We tend to not capitalize the word “deaf”. Some deaf children and youth make a decision to refer to themselves as Deaf. By using the capital “D” Deaf, they are stating their identity as a member of the Deaf Community. We respect that. Generally, we use the term ‘deaf’ when referring to children and youth.
Our organization is open to anyone with a deaf or hard of hearing family member.
Tell me about DYT!
FNDC manages a contract called “Deaf Youth Today” or commonly known as DYT. DYT is FNDC’s summer social/recreational (language rich) program and is committed to providing recreational experience and leadership opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing children and youth in British Columbia that use sign language for all or part of their communication or who are interested in learning sign language.
Our primary focus is summer programs for deaf and teens. Our goal is to train deaf youth to be in leadership roles during our summer programs, which offer experience and skills that lead to life skills and future employment opportunities.
In order to keep costs to a minimum, our part time contract staff work out of their homes. Many years ago, we had a FNDC line that was attached to a home phone. Unfortunately, with that system, if the person was on holiday or an emergency took them away from the house, a different DYT staff person didn’t have access to the phone.
It was decided we would have a FNDC and DYT cellphone that we share. We no longer have a tty number, as our cellphone takes voice calls and texts messages. The majority of d/Deaf and hard of hearing individuals prefer to communicate with us via text message or email.
During the summer months, we are checking phone messages constantly – so don’t worry about a missed phone call or text message. During the winter months, the phone is checked less often therefore email is better for communication.