An informal meeting… 3 couples around a coffee table with a shared parental concern: the future of their deaf children. It was a modest start for a group that would set in motion a chain of events which would later see 50 parents in a church basement seeking equal access to education, employment, and updated information, while also trying to educate local doctors and organize monthly talks on issues related to hearing loss. The need for a local CHS office was clear.
CHS Hamilton began in 1968 with a single employee providing job placement and improved communication between the hearing world and the deaf and hard of hearing communities. The 1970s saw the expansion of CHS Hamilton to include sign language classes and various support groups and the office only continued to grow into the 80s.
In 1983 a branch office was opened in Niagara so local residents could have access to services without having to make the long journey to Hamilton. This was followed in 1988 with the opening of an office in Brantford.All three offices continue to be essential hubs of information and services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.