DEAF CULTURE CENTRE > Community featuring Ginseng Oolong
Community featuring Ginseng Oolong

With ASL Host Anna Wren

“The single most remarkable feature of sign [American Sign Language (ASL) and langue des signes Quebecoise (LSQ)] – that which distinguishes it from all other languages and mental activities — is its unique linguistic use of space…what looks so simple is extraordinarily complex and consists of innumerable spatial patterns nested, three dimensionally, in each other.” Quote from Oliver Sacks book, Seeing Voices.

With sign language, as a foundation, Deaf and hard of hearing babies, toddlers and children across Canada can be fully engaged in their environment. Full language acquisition through ASL/LSQ is like the air we breathe. With it, we can be truly ALIVE in every sense of the word.

Everywhere and around the world, language and culture are intertwined and at the heart of community. Here, we celebrate a vibrant, creative and innovative culture driven by a uniquely embracing language: Our sign language reaches beyond the dwelling of isolation and invites us to play together, explore together, and to grow together. It empowers all of us to celebrate one another for who we truly are and not lament who we are not.

Def-T Spire Tea BlendsAbout our Teas

Unique Spire tea blends were created to represent ASL signs for Culture, Inspire, Community, Alive, Diverse, Resonate, Fresh, and Preserve. The logos on our featured teas are four dimensional computer representations of the signs, Culture, Inspire, Community, Alive, Diverse, Resonate, Fresh, and Preserve.

Joanne Cripps is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE, under the auspices of the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf. Registered Charitable Number 11883 0702 RR0001.   Joanne is a renowned Deaf leader, advocate, and author of of Quiet Journey: Understanding the Rights of Deaf Children. Responsible for the daily operations of the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE, the Deaf art and heritage displays focus on promoting the abilities of Deaf people around the world.

Toronto Enterprise Fund
Funded by Toronto Enterprise Fund



Joanne Cripps successfully achieved seed funding from the Toronto Enterprise Fund to create these distinctly unique Spire tea blends for Def-T.