ADVOCACY - READINESS - CONNECTIONSThis online course platform allows ARC participants to watch recorded workshops and complete activities. All registered participants should use the button below to register for the program if they do not have an online account already created.
Marta is the Coordinator of Education and Resources at the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association - Newfoundland and Labrador. She has many years of experience working with children and youths in various educational and therapeutic settings. Marta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University, as well as a Master of Education in Educational Psychology and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University.
Fun Facts, Marta:
- Was born in Minsk, Belarus
- Moved continents three times
- Speaks five languages
- Has three children
- Grew up with Deaf grandparents
Who can register for the program?
This program is open to hard-of-hearing youth in grades 10-12 who live in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Are there any incentives for completing the program?
The most significant and exciting incentive to completing the ARC Program is a $500 monetary award for each successfully completed year of the program, up to $1500 total.
Completing required activities in the program allows participants to earn points to advance to the next level - bronze, silver, and gold. At the end of each year, students receive a certificate of completion.
When the participant graduates from high school, monetary awards are presented in the form of a check. It pays to enroll early: students who register in grade 10 and complete all three levels of the program are eligible to receive the maximum award of $1500. Those who register in grade 12 are only able to complete one level of the program before graduation and are only eligible for a $500 award.
What does ARC Stand for?
ADVOCACY: developing skills that enable participants to advocate for their hearing needs. Teaching hard-of-hearing youths how to advocate for themselves boosts their confidence and self-esteem and empowers them to effect positive change in their lives and communities.
READINESS: preparing youths for the future and teaching them valuable skills, whether they pursue post-secondary education or enter the workforce after high school. Topics include employment skills, study skills, budgeting skills, and money management.
CONNECTIONS: this program aims to bring together hard-of-hearing youths so that they can build connections with people who understand what it's like to have hearing loss. It educates participants about the resources and supports available in their communities.