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Equality and Accessibility

CHS advocates for fair and equitable access to employment, legal services, government and essential services.

Legal Services

CHS, with the support of the Law Foundation of Ontario, provided legal practitioners with education, training, and workshops to communicate effectively in community legal settings with Deaf and hard of hearing clients whose language is a signed language.

Information for legal practitioners on the Ontario Interpreting Service

Providing Barrier-Free Legal Service Brochure

Language and Communication Access Checklist

Discrimination and Audism

Culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing Canadians have the right to fair and equitable treatment, to participate equally in the workplace, and to communicate fully and freely with businesses, nonprofit organizations and government; the public, private, voluntary and not for profit sectors are responsible for ensuring discrimination free environments.

Position Paper on Discrimination and Audism

Accessibility and Accommodation

Culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing Canadians continue to be denied the accommodation needed for full and equal access to vital services that most Canadians take for granted such as education, employment, government services, and health care.

Position Paper on Accessibility and Accommodation

Government and Democracy

Democracy is the foundation of every free country in the world; yet culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing Canadians continue to be denied the accommodation they need for full and equal access to the democratic process in Canada.

Position Paper on Accessible Democracy

Quick References on Removing Barriers to Political Participation

The Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario (CPA Ontario), The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), the CNIB and the Ontario March of Dimes have partnered with the Government of Ontario to prepare

Count Us In: Removing Barriers to Political Participation, a series of three reference guides to increase accessibility of Ontarians with disabilities to the democratic process.

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