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Discover Settle in CANADA. Are you a Permanent Resident interested in becoming a Canadian Citizen? Join our two-part series: Canada in ASL and Discover Canada. Online via Zoom Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm September 15th to November 3rd, 2020. Register today, please contact Rosaria Skarp r.skarp@silentvoice.ca Skype: deafsettlement VRS: 289-801-4469

Settle in Canada: Free Two-Part Digital Series

By Community, Community Support Services, Events, Silent Voice

Are you a Deaf/hard of hearing newcomer or a Permanent Resident in Canada interested in becoming a Canadian Citizen?
Join our Free two-part series online: Canada in ASL and Discover Canada. Classes run Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 15th to November 3rd from 1:00-2:00 via Zoom.

To register, please contact Rosaria Skarp:
Email: r.skarp@silentvoice.ca
Skype: deafsettlement
VRS: 289-801-4469

children using wheel chairs with different disabilities spending time in the library

Toronto Public Library Social Story: Recruitment Survey

By Community, Events

Toronto Public Library is seeking children with disabilities and/or Deaf children and their families to share feedback on a social story draft – a simple picture book about visiting the library. They are seeking feedback from both library users and non-users. A social story outlines an experience from beginning to end so a child knows what to expect. Their goal is for children with a broad range of abilities to be represented and feel welcome in the library.

They are planning to consult with children 3–12 years and their families in October 2020. Participants must live in Toronto, Ontario. Please take a moment to give them your feedback so that TPL can better understand your consultation needs. The survey is short and should not take more than 10-15 minutes to complete.

complete the survey

Personal Information Collection Notice: The personal information requested on this form is collected under the authority of sections 20 (a) and (d) of the Public Libraries Act. This information will only be used for the administration and evaluation of the Library Social Story by Toronto Public Library. Questions about the management and collection of personal information can be directed to the Data Governance and Privacy Risk Advisor, Toronto Public Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4W 2G8, 416-395-5658.

COVID-19 poses separate challenges for Deaf community

By Community, Press

For the deaf and hard of hearing, COVID-19 adds extra challenges for communicating in public.

We’ve all been told to avoid touching our face to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But for Thinaja Nadarajah, this public health advice is complicated. Nadarajah is deaf and American Sign Language is her first language.

“There’s a lot of touching of the face when signing,” she says. “We often communicate by touch, like tapping on the shoulder to get someone’s attention.”

Read the full article in the Toronto Star
Photo of Thinaja Nadarajah-Israel

City of Toronto Media Briefings – COVID-19

By Community, Silent Voice No Comments

The City of Toronto will be hosting daily briefings to provide updates about the current situation and response to Covid-19 in Toronto.

Videos can be watched live, and previous videos can be accessed by visiting the City of Toronto’s YouTube channel at: youtube.com/user/thecityoftoronto.

All videos are captioned, and starting Monday, March 16, these media briefings will include an ASL interpreter on screen.

Silent Voice COVID-19 Precautions – 45th Anniversary Celebration Announcement

By Community, Silent Voice No Comments

To protect the well-being of our community, as a precautionary measure, Silent Voice is postponing our 45th Anniversary celebration scheduled for April 29 to the fall of 2020.

Purchased tickets will be honoured at the rescheduled date; however, if you would like a refund, please contact Ken Koffman at k.koffman@silentvoice.ca.

Silent Voice will announce the new date on our website, social media and in an e-blast, as soon as it is confirmed.

Thank you for your understanding.

Support the Canadian Deaf Youth Leadership Camp 2020 Team

By Children & Youth Programs, Community

Hello,

We are the Canadian Deaf Youth Leadership Camp (CDYLC) 2020 team, with a focus on outreach and registration. We are seeking your help in finding Canadian Deaf youth to participate in the CDYLC 2020 camp.

The camp is run by Deaf Youth Canada (DYC), and is to be held in Surrey, British Columbia from July 17 to 24, 2020. Our mission is to give Canadian Deaf Youth between the ages of 18 to 30 the ability to become leaders that strengthen and preserve our Deaf community, Deaf culture, and sign languages in Canada. The camp offers workshops, team-building activities, and networking opportunities that will provide them the tools to become potential Deaf leaders in their Deaf communities for generations to come. Read More