The World Federation of the Deaf is an international organization that advocates for the Deaf rights worldwide. Over 130 national Deaf associations are affiliated to ensure they are kept abreast of their rights in areas such as: education, employment, communication access, and technology.
The WFD works closely with the United Nations as they have similar beliefs – protecting human rights and equality.
The Italian Deaf National Association first established this organization in the early 1950s.
The WFD is the host of the World Congress of the Deaf that occurs every four years. Deaf and hearing delegates from all over the world attend to learn and exchange updated information on Deaf rights. They bring new information to their home countries and pass on to the Deaf community.
Windsor Association of the Deaf (LCD) is located in the South-Western Ontario and is bordering from Detroit, United States. WAD is well known Deaf club and has been around for quite some time serving families, seniors, and young adults.
WAD offers two websites to check with, one is the home website (see below) and another website is to check with WAD via Facebook. They are collaborating with Windsor Police Service to provide the safety TEXT 911. WAD offers several oevents year round. Annual camping & picnic Jamboree, card playing events, WAD hang out every Fridays @ Windsor Sportmen Club. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Thunder Bay Centre of the Deaf is a non-profit organization that mainly focuses on advocacy for Deaf citizens of Thunder Bay. TBCD is currently working with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Centre on accessibility issues. TBCD also provide different events throughout the year. For more information, please contact:
RESO is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to bring together parents and friends (support workers and extended families) of Franco-Ontarian deaf children to help them communicate in their family and community.
Over the years, after many meetings with parents and support workers in the deaf community, RESO has realized the importance of taking action as soon as possible in the lives of children who are deaf / hard of hearing to support parents, friends and families.
Communication within the family has become a priority for RESO, hence the development of LSQ (Langue des signes québécoise) courses, not only for parents and friends of deaf children / hard of hearing, but also for professionals in education and health that work with these children.
The creation of resources promoting the development of communication with young children followed very naturally since no known material was available for francophone parents. Training on the impact of deafness within the family and the learning style of the children followed logically.
The Bob Rumball Associations For The Deaf in partnership with Reach Out Centre for Kids offers PAH! a deaf children’s mental health service which is accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families.
Who can receive services from PAH? children and youth 0-18 years who are Deaf or hard of hearing, have mental health issues who live in Peel, Halton or Dufferin or attend E.C. Drury Provincial School for the Deaf. Who can make a referral? Referrals can be made by anyone, including: • Self • Parent or guardian • Social service or health agency • Teacher or counsellor • Physician
PAH! Provides individualized services which may include: • Assessment • Individual, Family & Group Treatment • Wraparound Planning • Parent Relief • Training & Education • Advocacy • Links to informal & community supports
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.
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.
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.