Links of Interest to the Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Canadian Hearing Society
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
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
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
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
Hearing Ear Dogs of Canada
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
Ontario Long Term Care Home for the Deaf
committed to enhancing the quality of life and self-determination of
ASL Access is
the world's only organization specifically created to promote public
access to a sign language.
American Sign Language Resource Guide
contains many links about ASL, learning ASL and Deaf culture.
Education Ontario (CLEO) -
resources now available on their
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
Landmark federal court decision for Deaf, deafened, and hard of
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.
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
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
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.