Canadian Hearing Society
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 350 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.
The Canadian Hearing Society provides direct service to individuals who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing from their 24 offices throughout the province of Ontario.
George Brown College ASL Program
The American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program provides intensive preparation in:
American Sign Language (ASL) and English.
An orientation to Deaf culture.
Current social issues affecting Deaf people.
The curriculum combines:
Opportunities to learn and practice ASL.
Classroom teaching about the structure and features of this language.
Students have the opportunity to:
Learn, understand and participate in basic conversations in ASL.
Develop stronger skills in spoken and written English.
Develop a basic understanding of the role of the ASL-English Interpreter.