CTV’s Your Morning

By Press, Silent Voice

We were thrilled to have Silent Voice staff member Wanda Blackett interviewed on CTV Your Morning. Wanda shared our excitement regarding Ontario introducing ASL & LSQ credit courses in high schools in the fall of 2021. ASL and LSQ will be offered as part of the second language curriculum project. This will have a definite positive impact on society and is a significant step forward for the general public to learn more about language accessibility in the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

 

COVID 19 Announcement – October 8: The Second Wave

By Community, Events, Silent Voice No Comments

 

Transcript: This video is to share the latest COVID-19 update with you. There is a second wave of covid-19 cases in Ontario. There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases in Ontario and new restrictions have been put in place.
Also, with religious holidays and Thanksgiving approaching, here are some reminders from Toronto Public to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Remember to:
– Wash your hands often and stay home when you are sick.
– Keep two metres distancing from others not part of your household.
– Wear a mask or face covering, in indoor public places.
– Wear a mask or face covering when physical distancing is difficult with others that are not part of your household.
– Avoid touching your face. Cover your cough or sneeze with inner elbow or a tissue.
– Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces.
– Download the COVID Alert app only if you want
Avoid non-essential travel
Restrictions on non-essential travel between the U.S. and Canada are still in place. All travellers returning from outside of Canada need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Have guests from out of town?
If you have relatives or friends travelling to Canada to celebrate the holidays with you, please remember that they are required to quarantine for 14 days. See Government of Canada website on travellers entering Canada.
Follow gathering size limits.
Smaller, outdoor gatherings are safer than indoors. Reserve close contact to members of your household and essential supports, and keep a physical distance and wear a mask from everyone else.
We have a great idea for you for gathering. We suggest you to host a virtual event to include family and friends from out-of-town and anyone who is feeling unwell.
This year, please avoid buffet style food service. Instead, serve food on individual plates to avoid passing and touching items. For more information, please visit toronto.ca/covid19 Effective on Sept 19, only 10 people can gather indoors and 25 people can gather outdoors. Wear a mask (be sure to cover both your nose and mouth) and Social distance (2 metres) with those not in your household.
COVID-19 testing is available now only by appointment. More info at Ontario.ca/covidtest Effective on Wednesday, October 7, only essential visitors may visit some of the long-term care homes identified on the list found at Ontario.ca Effective on October 3, new public health measures are in place for Ottawa, Peel and Toronto for gyms, banquet halls, and bars and restaurants.
If you organize a gathering at your home that exceeds the size limit, you could face a fine of $10,000. The safest Thanksgiving celebration is with your immediate household. Stay safe!
2019 Annual Report Silent Voice

2019 Annual Report

By Silent Voice

With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, Silent Voice has decided to share our 2019 Annual Report virtualy. The report includes messages (in English and ASL) from the Silent Voice Board Chair, Shelagh Durno, and from Executive Director, Kelly MacKenzie.

Although we are unable to meet in person, we hope that you will find this special edition of our annual report helpful. Please continue to watch for upcoming information on this year’s AGM.

We hope you continue to stay safe!

View 2019 Annual Report
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

Annual General Meeting

By Silent Voice

 

Every year Silent Voice hosts its Annual General Meeting (AGM). This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have applied to Corporations Canada to postpone our meeting. Our application was approved. At this time we have not set a new date; however, we will let you know.

In its place, we will be posting our Annual Report. The Annual Report will reflect our fiscal year 2019. It seems strange to focus at this time on 2019 as so much has happened in 2020: COVID-19, staying at home, working from home, services provided remotely; it has had a global impact.

The Annual Report will include: the message from the Board Chair, message from me the Executive Director, our audited and approved financial statements, and more.

Our AGM will be postponed and we will announce the new date. And very shortly we will post our Annual Report in both English and ASL.

Sports Program 2018 – 2020

By Children & Youth Programs

Silent Voice’s Sports Program has been encouraging members of our community to lead a healthier and active lifestyle by providing accessible physical activities. As part of our Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund from the Government of Ontario, between April 1st, 2018 and March 31st, 2020 we have provided accessible physical activity opportunities for a total of 545 members of our community. Above is a video highlighting our sports program in the last few years.

 

Silent Voice is committed to continue taking the lead to provide children, youth and adults accessible sports and physical activities in our community. We are seeking funding to continue running this important program for the Deaf and hard of hearing community. If you are interested in supporting our program, please contact Ken Koffman at k.koffman@silentvoice.ca.