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.
- 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
ASLized fosters the integration of American Sign Language (ASL) educational research into visual media and literacy. The main objective is to produce teaching and learning materials in ASL with two focuses: 1.) ASL literature, preserving culture and history and 2.) ASL Linguistics, promoting a better understanding of the complex structure and use of sign languages.
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.
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.go to site
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.go to site
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.
Childcare for deaf children in Brazil using sign language
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
- General Support Services
- Seniors’ Outreach
- Technical Devices
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.go to site
Support and encourage Native Deaf to create their own forums to learn more about Indigenous rights & Organization of DFNO gatherings & ceremonies across Ontario.
- 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
- 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
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: Location420 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.
“Who are we? We are parents of ASL signers, cued speech users…. parents of kids with cochlear implants or total communicators… we are people who have common interests connected through the community of deafness. Hands & Voices is a safe place to explore options, get unemotional support (although we can be emotional about it!), learn from one another and share what we have in common. We value diversity and honour the role of parents and family as the single greatest factor in raising a WASK, (our favourite acronym: W ell- A djusted S uccessful K id)”go to site
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.go to site
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.