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Creating Accessible Recreation Facilities for People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

CHS is proud to work in partnership with the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association Inc. (ORFA) on a project titled: Creating Accessible Recreation Facilities for People Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.   

The project is funded from the EnAbling Change program with the support of the Government of Ontario. The project will include a series of educational resources – webinars, videos, and articles to educate ORFA members about their obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). These resources will help to create accessible and inclusive environments in recreation facilities throughout Ontario. This will enable deaf and hard of hearing people to have increased access to opportunities that promote healthy living and leisure activities.  

The Creating Accessible Recreation Facilities program includes:

  • an education program for ORFA’s 5,000 members, who are directors, managers and staff at recreation facilities across the province, with a series of vignettes, videos and webinars to improve communication.
  • tools, technology and resources to enhance facilities with assistive listening devices such as FM systems, communication aids like the double-keyboard and screen combination UbiDuos, visual technology such as visual alarms and alerting systems, on-screen captioning, messaging on scoreboards and LED signs.

On Dec 4 the first video was launched at ORFA’s AGM. The awareness video was produced to provide a better insight on how to communicate with Deaf and hard of hearing consumers, along with incorporating communications and alerting devices into the built environment. A series of scenarios were filmed over a two day period at the City of Pickering, Pickering Recreation Complex with a number of volunteers and recreation staff participating in each scene.  During May 2014, CHS promoted the program at ORFA recreation facilities across Ontario. 

 

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