Links of Interest to the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

 

General

 

Canadian Hearing Society

The Canadian Hearing Society provides services that enhance the independence of deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people, and that encourage prevention of hearing loss. They have an area office in Belleville and a regional office in Kingston.  Visit their links page for even more links.  Some of the services they offer include:

  • CONNECT Counselling Program - If you or a family member is Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing and concerned about mental health and illness, depression, relationship difficulties, abuse, family breakdown and addictions or substance abuse, our counsellors can provide you with support, education, advocacy and counselling.

  • General Support Services -  If you are facing challenges with government services, immigration issues, or you need help overcoming an obstacle you're not sure how to get around, we can help.

  • Employment Services - job-related counselling, job accommodations, interpreters for your interviews

Ontario Association of the Deaf

Their mandate is to "Provide leadership, resources and activities that promote and protect rights, equality and access of Deaf Ontarians."

 

Canadian Association for the Deaf

Founded in 1940 by the three regional associations of the Deaf, the CAD is the national consumer organization of Canada’s 300,000 Deaf citizens. 

 

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is a consumer-based organization formed by and for hard of hearing Canadians. CHHA works cooperatively with professionals, service providers and government bodies, and provides information about hard of hearing issues and solutions. CHHA is Canada's only nation-wide non-profit consumer organization run by and for hard of hearing people.

 

Silent Voice Canada

Silent Voice Canada serves deaf children, deaf youth and deaf adults, as well as their families in a sign language environment. We are dedicated to improving communication and relationships between deaf and hearing in families and in our community. Silent Voice is an agency grounded in Catholic values offering services to the whole community.

 

Hearing Ear Dogs of Canada

Lions Foundation of Canada operates Dog Guides Canada.  Hearing Ear Dogs alert people who are hard of hearing to important sounds and bring an independence and new confidence to their silent lives. Visit their site to see how you can get a hearing ear dog at no cost.  They have an online application form.

 

Ontario Long Term Care Home for the Deaf

We are committed to enhancing the quality of life and self-determination of Deaf seniors.

 

ASL Access

ASL Access is the world's only organization specifically created to promote public access to a sign language.

 

American Sign Language Resource Guide

This page contains many links about ASL, learning ASL and Deaf culture.

 

 

Legal Rights

 

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) - resources now available on their website in ASL:

 

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario - list of many ASL Videos about what the Tribunal can do for you

 

Legal Aid Ontario - For family, criminal or immigration matters, contact Legal Aid by TTY at 1-866-641-8867.  Read this handout from Legal Aid:  Legal Aid services for people who are Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

 

News

 

Landmark federal court decision for Deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing Canadians

Newswire article - August 2006 - Federal Court of Canada requires better access to government agencies and the democratic process for Canadians with hearing loss.

 

Abuse Against Deaf Women and Family Law Issues

 

Ontario Women's Justice Network

An online legal resource for women's organizations and individuals working on issues related to justice and violence against women and children. 

Springtide Resources

Springtide Resources promotes healthy and equal relationships by engaging diverse communities in shared educational strategies designed to prevent violence against women and the effect it has on children.  See their section entitled Tips for Service Providers Working with Women with Disabilities/Deaf Women.

Working with Your Lawyer:  Advocacy Tips for Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Dealing with Family Law Issues - describes the process of finding and working with a family law lawyer and making sure that the client's accommodation needs are met - this fact sheet is also available in ASL on the Family Law for Women website along with many other tips sheets on family law issues like marriage and divorce and spousal support.

 

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