What We Do
The first few years of a baby’s life are critical for developing language. The Infant Hearing Program (IHP), through the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, provides early language services to support language development in infants and preschool children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
IHP ASL Services is an early American Sign Language (ASL) language and literacy development support provided free of charge for families with Deaf & Hard of Hearing children between the age of 0 to 6 years old who meet IHP referral criteria.
The main purpose of IHP ASL Services is to ensure the provision of consistent, equitable and quality ASL service delivery for all families residing in the province of Ontario.
Qualified IHP ASL Consultants work with and support families (facilitating, empowering and motivating) to provide a language-rich environment for their child to acquire ASL. IHP ASL Consultants also monitor the child and family’s language learning progress using standardized outcome based metrics. The language learning goals of the family are to be developed, revised and updated regularly to meet the outcomes of the family’s Communication Development Plan. The provision of IHP ASL services is family centred and coordinated with the rest of the IHP team.
We provide families and schools with recreational activities that incorporate personal growth and social skills. This program is one of our most versatile programs where our services are designed to support students through recreation, sports and collaboration with various agencies, school boards and the community. Some of our services include after-school programs, sporting events, clinics, workshops and leadership seminars.
Deaf Adult Services provides one-on-one services to clients in the Greater Toronto Area whose primary communication is American Sign Language (ASL). We aim to promote self-determination, independence, and the celebration of ASL among diverse Deaf communities, regardless of their communication background. Success in communication leads to success in language, and success in language leads to success in education, which in turn leads to a successful life. Deaf Adult Services’ goal is to empower Deaf people to live independent and productive lives, with full access to the rights, privileges, and opportunities available to the general public.