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ALSO is a safe and caring community learning centre serving adults and families. ALSO builds on individual and family strengths and supports the development of the tools needed for family life, work, education, and training.

ALSO has been providing free adult and family literacy services in downtown Ottawa for over 30 years.

Working with both English stream and Deaf stream learners, we offer literacy skill upgrading to assist students reach their goals in obtaining work, training and further education.

We are a registered charity and proud to provide guidance and support enabling learners to strengthen literacy, numeracy, and employability skills.

ALSO opportunities

  • adult upgrading programs (ASL and English)
  • pre-employment training and job readiness
  • University and College Preparation – English Reading and Writing for Deaf and hard of hearing students
  • ALSO e-learning
  • Reading and Parents Program (RAPP)
  • Family Literacy Resource Room
  • on-site child care
  • individual and small-group learning

ASL Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf – designed for both Deaf and hearing families who use ASL, or Deaf hearing parents who use ASL with their Deaf or hearing children. This six-week program teaches parents ways to bond and communicate with their children, using rhymes, rhythms and storytelling using ASL and facial and body language. We have been able to identify a positive impact on both parents and the children, who have acquired more advanced ASL and communication. This is great opportunity for early baby social and emotional development; especially with language.

This program was developed by the Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf.

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The AOSF is a non-profit organization that promotes the consolidation of Franco-Ontarian people with hearing loss to meet their needs and aspirations. Its mandate is to enable the deaf community to flourish and grow to their full potential.

The Association aims:

  • At that laws and administrative practice in Ontario meets the legal right of French-speaking Deaf Ontario to have services in their language including among others the use of American Sign Language (ASL);
  • Ensuring the protection, preservation and promotion of Quebec Sign Language (LSQ);
  • Play a role of active participation within the deaf community and with Franco-Ontarian decision-making bodies affecting the social, educational, political and economic community of the Franco-Ontarian deaf;
  • Forge close links with other organizations that share the interests and goals of the AOSF.

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The Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf was the first facility of its kind, and for over 30 years it has provided the Deaf Community a space without communication barriers. Within this space an educational, independent living, and a social environment for the Deaf has blossomed.

From its starting point as a community recreation facility, the Centre has expanded into offering a range of specialized services to those within the Deaf Community that require support. These include seniors, those with developmental, physical, health, or mental health issues, infants and young children, and newcomers to Canada.

These programs and services are often unique, and offer the access to care, education, and socialization that improves quality of life for Deaf people.

The Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) is the oldest national consumer organization of, by and for Deaf individuals in Canada for having its interests represented at national level.

The CAD-ASC was founded in 1940, as the Inter-Provincial Association of the Deaf by the three major regional associations of the Deaf- the Western Canada, the Ontario, and the Eastern Canada Associations with the support of the Montreal Association of the Deaf. It was federally incorporated in 1948, and today includes membership of local, provincial and national Deaf associations from coast to cast.

The CAD-ASC provides consultation and information on Deaf needs and interests to the public, business, media, educators, governments and others. We conduct research and collect data, issue reports, and provide expertise regarding Deaf concerns and rights. We develop and implement pilot programs and “best practices.” We offer assistance to Deaf organizations and service agencies across the country, and also provide a major library and resource centre on deafness at our office in Ottawa, Ontario.

Founded in 1940, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is a non-profit organization and the leading provider of services, products, and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.  CHS is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing.

Unique in North America, CHS offers a complete roster of essential services, including sign language interpreting; one-on-one language development for deaf and hard of hearing children using play as the medium of learning; employment consulting; sign language instruction; speechreading training; hearing testing; hearing aids; counselling; and, the most complete range of communication devices that assist and augment communication including text telephones (TTYs), visual smoke detectors, baby monitors, signalling devices and alarm clocks.

The largest agency of its kind in Canada, CHS employs approximately 450 people who deliver over 17 programs through a network of offices across Ontario.  All services are provided by professionals experienced in meeting the needs of its consumers in an accessible, confidential environment.

Since 1984, Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka is a non-profit organization serving Deaf, Oral Deaf, Deafened and Hard-of-Hearing community in Simcoe County and District of Muskoka. The organization is mainly focused on education, advocacy, and community network.

Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka is based in Barrie and do provide three-days a week services in Bracebridge. In addition, there are one-day services in Orillia and Midland. Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka provide a wide range of services and programs:

  • Advocacy and Accessibility
  • ASL classes
  • Family, Child, and Youth
  • Computerized Notetaker
  • Employment
  • General Support Services
  • Interpretering
  • Seniors’ Outreach
  • Technical Devices

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The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE is a symbol of the Deaf community celebrating Deaf life. It is a public forum both historical and forward-looking. The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE is contemporary, a fun gathering place that is open to the public and rooted in the Deaf community. It provides education, culture, visual and performing arts.

The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE opened at the historic culture, arts and entertainment Distillery District right in the heart of Old Town Toronto, A project of the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, it features a museum, art gallery, gift shop, research and archives, state-of-the-art visually rich technology highlighting Deaf historical artifacts, literature, sports, ASL/LSQ interactive website / television and multimedia production studio.

The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE is a convergence point for Deaf and hearing people to immerse themselves creatively within Deaf culture. It is a unique, evolving place that is open and welcoming to all.

The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE will push Deaf culture forward into the world in a new way where old assumptions are challenged. The Centre is receptive and open to all cultures but its primary function is to enrich and elevate the achievements of the Deaf community for all the world to understand and appreciate.

The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE preserves language and history while continually exploring new technologies and ideas. It looks to the past to uncover the future so it can speak to the present in a fresh and exciting way.

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Support and encourage Native Deaf to create their own forums to learn more about Indigenous rights & Organization of DFNO gatherings & ceremonies across Ontario.

Mission Statement

    • to provide services and support to Deaf Native Peoples in Ontario
    • to increase awareness of DFNO
    • to advocate for equal access to all services and communities
    • to provide Deaf Native specialists to educate hearing communities and service providers
    • to promote ongoing DFNO gatherings to increase knowledge of cultural, language and spiritual tradition

Value Statement

  • language and culture
  • Deaf Native Friendly Environment
  • to be respected as valued and equal persons within both our community and non-native communities
  • to honour our heritage, keeping in mind the teachings of our elders

E-mail: deaffirstnationsontario@gmail.com

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Deaf Halton Association (DHA) established in April 2007. DHA is home based in Milton, Ontario. Because of close proximity to Toronto, it is one of most populated Deaf community and Provincial Schools Branch is one of largest employer for the Ontario Deaf community. DHA has a mission statement that they want to have as many fun activities to get together and socialize.

DHA has had hosted several events including family and children activities such as hay rides, face paintings. DHA has an advantage where there are good number of Deaf kids attending many of family based social events such as Christmas, Halloween, Kid Drop-in, and Easter. Other than children activities, DHA do also offer many adult and seniors events as well.

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Deaf Literacy Initiative is a provincial umbrella organization that provides accessible and culturally relevant training, research, networking and resources to the Deaf and Deaf-Blind literacy community in Ontario.

We will work together with our partners to advance and empower the Deaf and Deaf-Blind literacy community.

Creativity: We strive to develop new and improved tools and resources to promote literacy within the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community. Excellence: We will acknowledge and reward achievement in the development and growth of literacy in the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community.

Inspire: We aim to inspire practitioners and Deaf and Deaf-Blind learners in their pursuit of literacy with our passion and knowledge.

Commitment: We commit to promote literacy for Deaf and Deaf-Blind people with respect, integrity and transparency to achieve our common goals, Contact Us: Location 420 Britannia Road East, Unit #109 (ground floor northwest corner of building) Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3L5

DDS is a non-profit organization that offers services and educational programs to promote self-reliance within the Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing community. DDS is committed to increasing Deaf cultural awareness.

DDS is home to the Durham Deaf Club. The club welcomes both Deaf and hearing members of all ages. Social events for Deaf seniors take place on Wednesday afternoons and evening socials for the club happen on Saturdays.

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London Centre of the Deaf (LCD) is located in the South-Western Ontario and is one of the longest standing and largest club 200 km west from Toronto since 1960. LCD is mainly focused on hosting various kinds of events from children’s Pizza activities, adult Lingo activities to seniors card playing gatherings on most Wednesdays. The majority of LCD members/participants are Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and Children Of Deaf Adults (CODA) however; we always have had a good number of ASL students, parents of Deaf children participating. LCD offers a safe and friendly environment for parents of Deaf children and their children as well. LCD strongly believes in promoting a younger generations as part of their social club vision. LCD has a mission statement and believes that their club should promote education, physical, social activities within southwest region. They have had sponsored Deaf athletics to Deaflympic worldwide (Olympic of the Deaf). Finally, LCD has a strong working ally-relationship with Robart Deaf School located in the city of London as well.

The Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD) is Canada’s oldest Deaf non-profit organization. For over 125 years, OAD placed special focus on educating and advocating in the interests of all Deaf Ontarians. Deaf people are the heart of OAD’s efforts to ensure equality and protecting the rights of Deaf Ontarians. OAD provides resources, support, and advocacy to the Deaf Community of Ontario and individuals and organizations seeking information and assistance. OAD depends on both public donations and government funding for our operations.

Ontario Early Years Centres support healthy child development across all families. Centres provide literacy-rich places for children from birth to 6 years of age to come play and learn with their parents or caregivers.

Parents and caregivers can get answers to questions about child development; nutrition, parenting, pregnancy and can connect to a range of professionals and other services in their community.

Ontario Early Years Centres are staffed by early childhood professionals. We offer free neighbourhood-based services that include:  Play-based, interactive literacy and numeracy learning  Kindergarten Readiness programs  Ongoing access to early childhood professionals  Connections to other parents or caregivers in the community  Breastfeeding information, support and referrals  Opportunities to develop skills or new knowledge about parenting and healthy child development  Access to speech and language or other specialists  Support for early identification and inclusion of children with special needs  Links to a diverse group of child-serving agencies across the City

Here is a link to the OEYC provincial website so parents can locate an OEYC based on where they live.

 

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The Ontario chapter is one of the newest to join Hands & Voices. We started talking in March 2009 after a parent chat at the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf arranged by Sari Russell, the Early Development Specialist at BRCD, in which we learned about the Disability Tax Credit and were encouraged to apply. When our audiologist said she couldn’t sign off on the form because of the way it is worded, we met with Gary Malkowski, Public Affairs Advisor at the Canadian Hearing Society, to discuss how to approach this issue (and fix the form!) and he suggested we start a parents’ coalition. Doing research in order to find out how on earth to do that, we discovered Hands & Voices. Their motto – “What Works for Your Child is What Makes the Choice Right” – sums up beautifully everything we believe in. And so, the Ontario chapter was born.

Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. We’re a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Our outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children to reach their highest potential.

 

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The Bob Rumball Associations For The Deaf in partnership with Reach Out Centre for Kids offers PAH! a deaf children’s mental health service which is accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families.

Who can receive services from PAH? children and youth 0-18 years who are Deaf or hard of hearing, have mental health issues who live in Peel, Halton or Dufferin or attend E.C. Drury Provincial School for the Deaf. Who can make a referral? Referrals can be made by anyone, including: • Self • Parent or guardian • Social service or health agency • Teacher or counsellor • Physician

PAH! Provides individualized services which may include: • Assessment • Individual, Family & Group Treatment • Wraparound Planning • Parent Relief • Training & Education • Advocacy • Links to informal & community supports

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RESO is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to bring together parents and friends (support workers and extended families) of Franco-Ontarian deaf children to help them communicate in their family and community.

Over the years, after many meetings with parents and support workers in the deaf community, RESO has realized the importance of taking action as soon as possible in the lives of children who are deaf / hard of hearing to support parents, friends and families.

Communication within the family has become a priority for RESO, hence the development of LSQ (Langue des signes québécoise) courses, not only for parents and friends of deaf children / hard of hearing, but also for professionals in education and health that work with these children.

The creation of resources promoting the development of communication with young children followed very naturally since no known material was available for francophone parents. Training on the impact of deafness within the family and the learning style of the children followed logically.

 

At the Parent-Infant Program, we aim to provide parents with unbiased information, answer questions and provide unconditional support during their child’s first six years of life. The children participate in interactive and imaginative communication based activities, sensory stimulation, early learning opportunities, and early literacy activities that promote school readiness and positive emotional and social development.
PIP staff are on hand to help parents implement learning strategies, and work towards achieving goals for their children with regards to communication, behaviour, cognitive and academic skills.

The Thunder Bay Centre of the Deaf is a non-profit organization that mainly focuses on advocacy for Deaf citizens of Thunder Bay. TBCD is currently working with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre on accessibility issues. TBCD also provide different events throughout the year. For more information, please contact:

President – Amanda Ranger – tbcd.pres@gmail.com

Vice President – Greg Eyben – tbcd.vicepres@gmail.com

Secretary – Sinead and Jamie Francis – northtbcd@gmail.com

Treasurer – Lilly Amendola

Windsor Association of the Deaf (LCD) is located in the South-Western Ontario and is bordering from Detroit, United States. WAD is well known Deaf club and has been around for quite some time serving families, seniors, and young adults.

WAD offers two websites to check with, one is the home website (see below) and another website is to check with WAD via Facebook. They are collaborating with Windsor Police Service to provide the safety TEXT 911. WAD offers several oevents year round. Annual camping & picnic Jamboree, card playing events, WAD hang out every Fridays @ Windsor Sportmen Club. For more information, please contact: deafwad@gmail.com

 

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The World Federation of the Deaf is an international organization that advocates for the Deaf rights worldwide. Over 130 national Deaf associations are affiliated to ensure they are kept abreast of their rights in areas such as: education, employment, communication access, and technology.

The WFD works closely with the United Nations as they have similar beliefs – protecting human rights and equality.

The Italian Deaf National Association first established this organization in the early 1950s.

The WFD is the host of the World Congress of the Deaf that occurs every four years. Deaf and hearing delegates from all over the world attend to learn and exchange updated information on Deaf rights. They bring new information to their home countries and pass on to the Deaf community.