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Muskoka

Located in Bracebridge, we offer counselling for older adults coping with hearing loss, communication devices advice and sales, education, and information and referrals for people in the Muskoka area.

About CHS Muskoka

Our office is located in the Shier Building on Manitoba Street just south of Ann Street. Since opening in 2008, we have partnered with Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka to serve the communities of Muskoka, including Gravenhurst, Severn Bridge, Dorset, Honey Harbour, Bracebridge, Bala, Rosseau and Huntsville. Together, we offer a range of comprehensive services for people living in Muskoka

Communication Devices

We offer expert advice, sales, installation and training on a wide range of communication devices to enhance communication for culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people.

We’re here to help you find the best technical solutions, at the best price, to enhance communication in your home or at your business, organization or facility.

Call for more information or come in to see us.

Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9AM-5PM
(Closed 12PM-1PM)

 

Sign Language Interpreters

Ontario Interpreting Services at CHS provides American Sign Language (ASL)-English interpreting services across Ontario, and la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ)–French interpreting services primarily in the Ottawa and Sudbury regions, but arrangements can be made for other locations in the province.

For your convenience, all bookings are done through our centralized scheduling centre in Ottawa.

Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8 AM-8 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM

For more information or to book an interpreter, contact:
Phone:  1-855-656-3748
TTY: 1-877-843-0368
Skype: callois.chs
Email: requests@oischs.ca
Fax: 1-855-656-3750

Hearing Help Classes

Don’t give up your favourite activities because of hearing loss. We offer Hearing Help classes so you can learn about:

  • hearing loss and hearing aids
  • communication devices
  • speech reading and communication strategies
  • assertiveness training and stress management
  • and much more

Meet other people with hearing loss and share common experiences. Bring your spouse or a friend so you can both benefit.  

For more information or to register:
Phone: 705-645-8882
Phone Toll Free: 1-877-840-8882
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-872-0585

CONNECT Counselling Services

We offer free professional counselling services to culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals of all ages, and their families, dealing with mental health issues, addiction, relationship problems, domestic violence or other serious challenges.

Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9AM-5PM

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 705-645-8882
Phone Toll Free: 1-877-840-8882
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-872-0585
Email: sclipsham@chs.ca

Hearing Care Counselling

If you’re 55 or older and have a hearing loss, we offer free counselling services to help you improve communication with family and friends, stay involved in social activities, and remain safe and independent at home. Home visits can be arranged as required.

We also serve younger adults (aged 19 and over) with other challenges as well as hearing loss who require home-based services

Our counsellors can also educate care providers, service providers and support groups on how to provide accessible services for people with hearing loss.

Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9AM-5PM

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 705-645-8882
Phone Toll Free: 1-877-840-8882
TTY Toll Free: 1-877-872-0585
Email: sclipsham@chs.ca

General Support Services

Our counsellors offer guidance, advocacy, support and counselling to culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals who request assistance to manage everyday life events including completing government forms and developing strategies to cope with hearing loss.

Who we serve

  • individuals aged 16 and over who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing
  • families with children under age 16 who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing

What we offer

Our services are free-of-charge, confidential and provided in an accessible environment using American Sign Language (ASL) or la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ).

We work with you to:

  • complete forms and applications, e.g. housing applications
  •  renew or replace a driver’s license, health card or passport
  • navigate through government services such as:
    • Employment Insurance (EI)
    • Ontario Works (Welfare)
    • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
    • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
    • Citizenship and Immigration
    • Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

We can also:

  • provide information and assistance in advocating for your rights
  • attend meetings with you and your government case worker, lawyer or landlord
  • provide assessments and recommendations for communication devices 
  • refer you to other CHS programs and services or agencies and organizations that offer alternate services as needed

Office Information

CHS Muskoka

175 Manitoba Street,
Suite 103
Bracebridge, ON
P1L1S3

Contact Information

1-877-840-8882
705-645-8882
1-877-872-0585
Contact Form

Hours of Operation

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9AM-5PM
(Closed 12PM-1PM)

Regional Director

Maggie Doherty-Gilbert

Additional Info

Wheelchair accessible
Metered parking in front, free parking behind building
Languages: English, ASL

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Recent News & Events

CHS receives one-time funding to support frail seniors to remain in their homes

April 3, 2014

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