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Notice: Timmins Office

Communication

CHS promotes fair and equitable access to communication and advocates for equal access to telecommunications and entertainment.

TeleCommunications

All Canadians, including Deaf people and people with hearing loss, are entitled to expect high quality communication technology improvements, such as VRS. The preferred primary language of many Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians is visual and VRS gives them access to telecommunication services which enables them to engage in communication in a manner that is functionally equivalent to other telephone customers. Canada is one of only two countries in the G8 that does not have VRS.

The Canadian Hearing Society Position Paper on National Video Relay Services

Challenges affecting the Deaf and Interpreter Communities

There is an urgent need for collaborative and targeted action to develop a coordinated response to the serious issues about the provision of interpreting services used by Deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and adults, and hearing people with whom they interact.

The Canadian Hearing Society Position Paper on Challenges Affecting The Deaf and Interpreter Communities

 

Challenges and Issues regarding Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Services in Canada

CART enables culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people to have visual access to the spoken word.  It is the position of CHS that the public and private sectors must be responsible for ensuring discrimination-free environments.  When qualified CART providers are not available, Deaf and hard of hearing people experience differentiated treatment that has potentially life-threatening or economic consequences (such as in medical, employment or educational contexts).

The Canadian Hearing Society Position Paper on Challenges and Issues regarding  Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART)  Services in Canada

 

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