Immigration Project

The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada welcomes Wissam Constantin who will be helping us with the second year of our Deaf Immigration Settlement project!

Wissam himself is a Deaf immigrant, who is fluent in ASL, International Sign, Arabic and Lebanese Sign Language. He has been teaching ASL and life skills voluntarily to new Deaf immigrants in London, Ontario, and has been very active in the Deaf community already.

He will be reaching out to Deaf immigrants, immigration service agencies, Deaf service agencies, and Deaf associations across Canada, especially in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax.

The goal of our project is to identify gaps and needs in helping Deaf immigrants and refugees to settle in Canada; developing community partnerships to use “best practices” with them; and finding the hidden Deaf immigrants who need special assistance to integrate into Canadian society.

Wissam can be reached at wissam@cad.ca.

We wish to thank Tiphaine Girault-Bath, who provided us with project leadership and research during 2017. Her work in gathering international information about Deaf immigrants has been very helpful in steering this project in the right direction.