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Ottawa

Serving the City of Ottawa and the counties of Renfrew, Prescott-Russell and Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry.

About CHS Ottawa

Conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa at the crossroads of Riverside Drive and Bank Street, CHS Ottawa is found near the Billings Bridge Shopping Centre and Transitway Station, the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre and the Rideau River Pathway. First opened in 1962, CHS Ottawa offers its services in ASL, LSQ, English and French, provides free parking on site and is wheelchair accessible

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.

We offer devices on loan for our clients to try out or borrow if their own devices are in repair. We also accept used and broken devices for recycling.

We offer free offsite consultations for individuals in their homes. Consultations at workplaces and organizations may have a cost dependent on location. Workshops or displays are available upon request from interested groups.

Hours:

Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Languages offered:

English, ASL, French and LSQ

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 613-521-0509
Email: slamoureux@chs.ca

Educational Support Services

If you’re a culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened or hard of hearing part-time student registered at a publicly-funded Ontario college or university, you can apply for free classroom accommodations so you can participate in the classroom experience.

Educational Support Services are offered at most CHS locations.

For more information or to find a location near you, contact:
Phone toll-free:  1-877-347-3427
TTY toll-free:  1-877-347-3429
Email: ess@chs.ca

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 tests

We offer hearing tests for adults and children aged 3 years and over. If you have a hearing loss, an experienced audiologist will help find the best solution for you.

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Languages offered:
English, ASL, French and LSQ

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 613-521-0509
Email: slamoureux@chs.ca

Hearing aid services

If you need a hearing aid for the first time or want to replace one you already have, our experienced audiologists will make sure you find the one that’s right for your hearing loss and your budget.

We sell batteries, hearing aid accessories and assistive listening devices, and also offer hearing aid and FM system consultations. We can also provide replacements when your hearing aids are out for repairs.

We accept payment from various funding and assistance programs, including ODSP, Blue Cross Veteran’s Affairs, WSIB, and NHIB.

Hours

Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-10:30 AM (Drop-in for cleanings and minor repairs)

Languages offered: English, ASL

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 613-521-0509
Email: slamoureux@chs.ca

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.

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM (By appointment only)

Languages offered:
English, ASL, French, and LSQ

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 613-521-0509
Email: slamoureux@chs.ca

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:

Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Languages offered:

English, ASL, French and LSQ

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 613-521-0509 
Email: ottawareception@chs.ca

General support services

We 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.

We offer presentations, workshops and displays on- and off-site to the deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities. Deaf Socials are offered once a month on a Wednesday morning.

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Languages offered:
English, ASL, French and LSQ

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 613-521-0509
Email: slamoureux@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:
Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Languages offered:
English, ASL, French and LSQ

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 613-521-0509
Email: slamoureux@chs.ca

Services for job seekers

Our employment consultants specialize in the unique needs of adults aged 16 and over who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing to help you find a job and succeed at work.

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Languages offered:
English, ASL, French and LSQ

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 613-521-0509
Email: rvallee@chs.ca or mbossio@chs.ca

 

Services for employers

We can help you find qualified candidates for job opportunities in your organization or business, and implement strategies to make your workplace accessible to culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing employees and consumers.

Hours:
Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM

Languages offered:
English, ASL, French and LSQ

For more information or to make an appointment:
Phone: 613-521-0509
Email: rvallee@chs.ca or mbossio@chs.ca

Sign language classes

For Individuals

Sign language classes at CHS offer you an enjoyable and effective curriculum to learn American Sign Language (ASL) through classroom instruction, videotext and role-playing, and also teach you about Deaf culture. Our qualified Deaf instructors use Signing Naturally, a sign language curriculum developed at Vista Community College in Berkeley, California that teaches both ASL and Deaf culture to help you better understand the communication needs of the Deaf community.

For Businesses

CHS also offers workplace classes customized to the needs of businesses and organizations who want their employees to learn American Sign Language (ASL) to improve communication with their customers, clients and co-workers. To learn more about sign language classes for businesses, click here.

For more information or to register:
Phone: 613-521-0509
Email: slamoureux@chs.ca

Ottawa area sign language classes are held at the CHS Ottawa office at 2197 Riverside Drive, Suite 600.

To sign up for classes press the "Contact Us" button above and fill out the form to let us know you're interested. We'll send you everything you need to get started.

The following are the schedules for upcoming classes.

    Winter 2014 Courses Schedule    
Course Days Times Date Cost and registration deadline
ASL 101 Tuesdays 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM January 7, 2014 - April 1, 2014 $295.00
ASL 102 Wednesdays 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM January 8, 2014 - April 2, 2014 $195.00
ASL 103 Thursdays 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM January 9, 2014 - April 3, 2014 $295.00

**Once classes begin, there will be no reimbursement to those who withdraw from the course**

Registration: Registration may be made by mail, fax, email, or in person no later than the dates provided above. You may pay by cash, debit card, or credit card (cheques cannot be accepted). The total amount must be paid at the time of registration. CHS reserves the right to cancel these courses in the event of insufficient registration.

ELIGBILITY - Classes are open to anyone 16 years of age or older with a minimum Grade 9 level of education. If you have some ASL experience, please see below for details on our Placement Tests.

PLACEMENT TESTS - If you fall under one of the categories listed below, you will need to book a test:

  1. Students who missed the final interview of a course taken at CHS.
  2. Students who have acquired Sign Language lessons or experience at another organization, province, etc.
  3. Students who have taken Sign Language courses at CHS under the old curriculum.
  4. Students who have not used Sign Language in the past year.

The Placement Test will determine which course level best fits the current skills and needs of the student. Placement tests are set up by appointment only and there is a $30.00 charge. All results are final.

Video Conferencing Services

Bring people together at different sites across Ontario for one-on-one or group meetings, interviews and training sessions and save travel time and money with our state-of the-art video conferencing services. 

Hours: By appointment only

Languages: English, ASL

For more information: 
Email: vcon@chs.ca

Sign Language Classes

For Individuals

Sign language classes at CHS offer you an enjoyable and effective curriculum to learn American Sign Language (ASL) through classroom instruction, videotext and role-playing, and also teach you about Deaf culture. Our qualified Deaf instructors use Signing Naturally, a sign language curriculum developed at Vista Community College in Berkeley, California that teaches both ASL and Deaf culture to help you better understand the communication needs of the Deaf community.

For Businesses

CHS also offers workplace classes customized to the needs of businesses and organizations who want their employees to learn American Sign Language (ASL) to improve communication with their customers, clients and co-workers. To learn more about sign language classes for businesses, click here

For more information or to register:

Phone: 613-521-0509

Email: slamoureux@chs.ca

Tinnitus and Hyperacusis Consultations

Office Information

CHS Ottawa

2197 Riverside Drive,
Suite 600
Ottawa, ON
K1H7X3

Contact Information

613-521-0509
1-888-697-3650
613-521-0838
Contact Form

Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM

Regional Director

Michel David

Additional Info

Free parking

Wheelchair accessible
Languages: English, ASL, French and LSQ

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