Deaf Ecosystem

Deaf Literacy Initiative

Deaf Literacy Initiative

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Deaf Literacy Initiative

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: Location420 Britannia Road East, Unit #109 (ground floor northwest corner of building) Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 3L5

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Canadian Association of the Deaf - Association des Sourds du Canada

Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada

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Canadian Association of the Deaf

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.

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Odyssey Magazine

By Business, Deaf Ecosystem, Programs

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The 2019 issue of Odyssey takes a look at advocacy, a critical component necessary to support the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The issue explores how families, professionals, and schools are working together to encourage parent advocacy as well as the strategies they have used, the challenges they have faced, and the outcomes they have achieved in their quest to gain necessary services and supports for their deaf or hard of hearing children or students.

This issue includes 18 articles written by a total of 25 professional and parent authors on such topics as:

  • Supporting families in program transition and the hard truths of early language
  • Importance of deaf and hard of hearing students learning to self-advocate
  • Impact of family advocacy on deaf and hard of hearing students’ lives
  • Parent Advocacy app, a new tool to assist families of K-12 deaf and hard of hearing children in navigating IEP meetings, 504 meetings, and other meetings
  • How a parent of a Deaf Plus child challenged the system to get her son needed services
  • Learning about advocacy experiences of families of color-multiple perspectives guiding the Clerc Center’s research process
  • Reflections of a VR counselor-tips for families whose children are transitioning out of high school
  • Parent’s journey of advocating for a deaf child who identifies as transgender
  • Hands & Voices Advocacy, Support, and Training (ASTra) Program

We invite you to share with us on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags of #ClercCenter and #DeafEd how these articles have impacted you, or to reach out to us at with your thoughts.

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Deaf Culture Centre

Deaf Culture Centre

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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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What is the Deaf Ecosystem?

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When Deaf and hard of hearing individuals interact in shared spaces, that is a Deaf community. A Deaf Ecosystem is created when the community invests in Deaf businesses, professionals, organizations, and schools. To use the pond analogy, the water is similar to resources within our community. If enough of us invest in our Deaf Ecosystem, our community will thrive and become more self-reliant.

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