Projects & Programs

Compliance in the Disability Charity Sector
The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) is leading a new initiative designed to help disability-sector organizations meet tax requirements more effectively. The project, called Compliance in the Disability Charity Sector, will operate from December 1, 2007 to March 31, 2010. The goal of this project is to contact more than one hundred existing or aspiring charities across Canada and provide them with tools and presentations to help them work through tax and compliance issues. This project was created to serve charities that serve the needs of persons with disabilities. The presentations are offered free of charge.

Registered Education Savings Plan
The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada is working to educate families of Deaf children and Deaf parents of hearing children about the importance and advantages of a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). Through a number of initiatives, CAD-ASC is identifying needs and creating workshops and information kits about the benefit of RESP and education savings to the Deaf Community. CAD-ASC will be able to help you locate an RESP provider that will provide RESP services in a Deaf-friendly approach.

Visible Languages Translation Initiative Project
The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada has pioneered an important new initiative to make it easier for sign language users to communicate with people who don’t use sign language. Funded by a grant from Industry Canada, and with additional support from CAD-ASC’s partners, CAD-ASC has started work to establish a national call-centre service to deliver sign language interpretation through the Internet to installed video console systems in banks, stores and other central locations. This system will allow Deaf Canadians to communicate effectively in situations like banking, voting, or with remote, “on demand” access to interpreter services.

Past Projects

Empowering Deaf Women in Canada
Empowering Deaf Women in Canada is a project designed to ensure that services provided in the fields of violence against women and health care in Canada will respond to the needs of Deaf women, that Deaf women will understand their rights and the services available and that Deaf women can fully participate in the decision-making process. Comparative studies have acknowledged that there is a lack of services for Deaf women in our country, placing Canadian Deaf women behind their peers in other parts of the Western World. CAD-ASC aims to ensure that women can be politically, socially, culturally and economically active in all facets of society. Our “Empowering Deaf Women in Canada” project will build a strong foundation that will allow women to take charge and be leaders in the Deaf community in Canada.

New Horizons for Seniors
The purpose of this project is to link many different groups from the Ottawa community. The bonds that can be created through mentoring programs can provide an outlet for youths and seniors. They can also promote many other beneficial effects such as healthy living, self respect, an arena for learning, the reduction of isolated groups and an appreciation for other cultures. This specific program will also promote ASL/LSQ as true languages. The objective of this project is to reduce the isolation of Deaf seniors, promote ASL/LSQ as true languages and to promote Deaf cultural awareness. Also, it will promote youth interaction with seniors, so that their skills can be passed on through the generations.

Bridge of Signs (2007)
The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada is currently seeking funding to sustain Bridge of Signs, a 27-month research project funded by the Social Development Partnership Program. Although the CAD-ASC has historically concentrated on culturally-linguistically Deaf persons, CAD-ASC is purposely extending its research scope to include non-Deaf children who would benefit from the use of Sign language as their primary means of communication.

Repercussions and Transitions – Deaf Children in Childhood Learning and Care Programs
This three-year project looked at the special challenges that face Deaf children in the education system, and the way parents and caregivers cope with their special needs.

National Multicultural Deaf Focus Group
This project brought together a focus group of Deaf people from across the country to examine the challenges faced by Deaf people of ethnic background.

Marshalling Crime Prevention for Deaf Seniors
This project is a follow-up to the CAD-ASC’s earlier research project on the needs and concerns of Deaf citizens to identify and educate people about potential crime situations that could affect Deaf seniors.

Housing Design and Deaf People (1997)
This report examined articles from a number of sources addressing the unique housing design needs of Deaf people.

Mainstream Education and Deaf Students (1997)
This study revealed there are some very serious problems with educating Deaf children in a mainstream school environment, and offers some suggestions to help parents take steps to ensure their deaf child’s success in school and in life.