Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can you book interpreters for interviews and on-the-job training?
A: Yes. We can arrange an interpreter for you through Ontario Interpreting Services. As a deaf or hard of hearing person there is no cost to you.
Q: If I hire a deaf or hard of hearing person, how will we communicate?
A: Communication is not impossible - it will just be slightly different than what you are used to and easier than you think. We will provide you with a variety of strategies for effective communication between you, your new employee, and your staff. An interpreter can be provided for interviews and job training.
Q: Will I lose my ODSP if I work?
A: No. You will be able to keep 50% of your earnings. This means for each $1.00 you make at work, ODSP will deduct $.50 from your ODSP cheque. Also, ODSP will add $100 to your ODSP cheque to help pay for work-related expenses.
Q: Can I get help to pay for training or courses?
A: It depends on the type of training. If it is a college program, we can help you to apply for a training subsidy. Unfortunately, subsidies are not available for short-term courses.
Q: My boss is telling me he may let me go because my hearing has worsened. Can he do that?
A: No. You are protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code. Employers are required to provide accommodations for persons with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential duties of the job.
Q: How can I afford the hearing aids or communication devices I need if I'm not working?
A: Ensuring your accommodation needs are met BEFORE you engage or re-enter the workforce is important. We can work with you to identify your needs, and assist you with the selection and application processes. We provide assistance to access funds through a variety of sources like OW, ODSP, Service Canada or local community groups.
Q: Do you have a list of employers ready and willing to hire someone with hearing loss?
A: Each CHS office has access to different resources and we work hard to establish partnerships with employers in the community and develop a database of this information. Our job developers and consultants invest a great deal of effort to ensure that the employer hiring you understands everyone's rights, responsibilities and accessibility issues.