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Literacy and Basic Skills

Take classes to improve literacy, become more independent and prepare for work and school.

CHS offers free classes in American Sign Language for individuals interested in becoming more independent in personal and social aspects of daily living, improving pre-employment and employment-related skills and preparing for any level of education and training.

What we offer

Classes are free-of-charge and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Our experienced instructors teach students:

  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • English – reading and writing
  • math
  • job search skills – Internet searches, cover letter and résumé review, filling out applications, and workplace literacy
  • critical thinking and problem-solving
  • use of communication devices and communication strategies
  • computer skills
  • personal daily living activities using community resources (i.e. banks, shops, public transportation)
  • preparation for employment

Instruction is provided one-on-one and in group sessions in ASL either on-site, off-site, by e-learning or video conference.

Who is eligible?

Deaf adults aged 18 and over who are permanent residents of Canada.

An intake counsellor will assess your needs and suitability for the program.

How to register

To register for Literacy and Basic Skills classes, or for more information, contact one of our CHS locations where classes are available. [links to locations at bottom of page]

Literacy and Basic Skills are available in these locations:

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