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Text-to-Text Communication Systems

Text-to-text communication systems are interactive face-to-face communication tools that provide a means of communicating with your customers or employees. These portable systems enable people who are Deaf or have a hearing loss to communicate face-to-face instantly.

Ideal for:

  • a variety of setting including:
    • hospitals
    • financial institutions
    • police services
    • government offices
    • customer service counters
    • employment settings and more

Questions?

Email CHS Corporate Services
Call: 1-855-548-2433
TTY: 1-877-215-9530

Auditory alarms, whether activated by heat, smoke, or toxic fumes, warn of imminent danger by sound. For customers or employes who are Deaf or have hearing loss, these life saving emergency notification measures fail completely. Systems that incorporate high-intensity flash/strobe lights that are strong enough to attract attention are essential to the safety of your customers or employees who may be deaf, oral deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing.

In-house Emergency Paging System

A wireless paging system, connected to your fire panel, immediately notifies users of emergency situations via a vibrating pager, or by sending a text message to LCD displays placed throughout your facility, keeping everyone in your place of business aware of emergency alerts.

Please speak to one of our Consultants for other solutions that may work for you.

Questions?

Email CHS Corporate Services
Call: 1-855-548-2433
TTY: 1-877-215-9530

Assistive listening systems include FM, Infrared or loop systems. They are designed to connect the sound from the main speaker, sound system or other audio source and send the signal directly to wireless receivers worn by people with a hearing loss. The receivers allow individuals to adjust the volume to a comfortable level and can be used with a variety of headsets, including neckloop listening accessories for those with telecoil equipped hearing aids. Assistive Listening systems help to reduce background noise and compensate for poor room acoustics or distance from the sound source. Assistive Listening Systems can be portable and/or permanently installed and are recommended for all meeting assemblies where people with a hearing loss are present including; tours, lectures, small to large meeting venues, classrooms, places of worship, courtrooms, and theatres.

Questions?

Email CHS Corporate Services
Call: 1-855-548-2433
TTY: 1-877-215-9530

Soundfield systems are portable sound systems which clearly amplify a presenters/teachers voice. Consisting of one or more microphones and one or more loudspeakers, Soundfield Systems provide even sound coverage within a room.

In the classroom, hearing is essential for learning. In meeting rooms, presentations are lost if they are not audible. Soundfield Systems provide the amplification you need, when you need it. It is the most flexible amplification solution for classrooms, boardrooms, nursing homes and small to mid-sized meeting rooms.

Questions?

Email CHS Corporate Services
Call: 1-855-548-2433
TTY: 1-877-215-9530

Our highly skilled interpreters use sign language and spoken language to provide clear two-way communication between deaf and hearing people at scheduled meetings and appointments, and in unforeseen emergency situations. 

CONFERENCE ACCESSIBILITY COORDINATION

If you’re planning a conference, corporate event or community meeting, our experts can coordinate the communication services you need to make your event accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing participants.

What we offer

We make your event accessible by coordinating a variety of specialized CHS services:

CHS carries a broad range of devices in order to meet the diverse needs of our clients. Our knowledgeable consultants can assist with the selection of the device that will meet your unique needs. All our devices are designed to improve communication, safety and independence at home, school or work.

Beyond advice, our consultants will assist with fitting, installation and training.

Our knowledgeable consultants can help you accommodate the individual needs of employees who are Deaf or hard of hearing so they can fully participate at work and perform their job responsibilities.

What we offer

Workplace accommodation assessments

On-site accommodation assessments provide you with the information you need to ensure Deaf or hard of hearing employees enjoy a barrier-free workplace. Our consultants will provide you with an assessment report, recommendations and follow-up support to assist you in being an accessible employer.

Our experts can develop and translate content for your website, DVDs, on-line training and other digital communications to make them accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing customers and employees.

How we can help

Clear communication is essential to promote your products and services, and increase your business. We can make your information accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing audiences and open up a world of opportunity.

Accessibility means creating experiences where all people can enjoy barrier-free communication and full and active participation. At CHS, we offer solutions to assist people who are Deaf and hard of hearing enhance safety and independence at home, at work and in their daily lives.

Communication Devices

Our knowledgeable consultants help you choose from a complete range of communication devices designed to improve communication, safety and independence in your home or at school.

We are your experts in the field of accessibility for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Our specialists offer a range of services to open lines of communication, break down barriers and ensure you comply with legal requirements for inclusive business practices and provision of services.

Executive Team

President and CEO: 

Julia Dumanian 

VP, Clinical & Community Services

Dr. Chantal Graveline

VP, Stakeholder & Employer Relations





























 

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is committed to good governance and best practices in the oversight and advancement of this national non-profit organization. With a policy governance model, the volunteer Board fulfills its fiduciary responsibility, acts as good stewards of government and donor dollars and ensures that all revenues reach out and positively impact as many of CHS's constituents as is feasible.

The Role of the Board

The CHS Board is comprised exclusively of community based volunteers. Board membership is skill-set driven, and directors come from across Canada. Board members are recruited according to a matrix, with criteria drawn from our organizational plan, vision and goals. Directors on the CHS Board are considered members at large and do not represent any particular association, community council, region or constituency.

The CHS Board sets strategy and long-term strategic mission, vision and direction for the organization, and scrutinizes the development process and plans for implementation.

The Board's sole employee is the President and CEO, who is responsible for directing and executing the Board approved operating plans for the organization. The Board holds the organization in trust and is legally and financially responsible for CHS's well-being.

Board members are responsible to attend and participate in quarterly board meetings as well as regular committee meetings. The Board's authority is established through the bylaws of CHS and additional procedural parameters are found within the board policies.

The Role of the President and CEO

While the Board establishes the strategic direction for CHS, the President and CEO is ultimately responsible for developing and driving the operational roadmap. With an annual Board approved business plan, budget and macro strategies, the President and CEO is accountable for all facets of CHS's operations and administration.

As the most senior staff leader, the President and CEO is responsible for all elements and decisions regarding the financial plan, staffing, performance outcomes and deliverables for CHS. The President and CEO reports directly to the Board of Directors on a regular basis and works in collaboration and partnership with the Board to ensure the ongoing success and effectiveness of CHS's mission and vision.

Budget

The CHS operating budget is derived as follows: 

  • 60.3% Government
  • 4.2% United Way
  • 23.2% Product sales
  • 9.5% Fee for service
  • 2.8% Fundraising
  • 0.01% Other

 

Each year, the Canadian Hearing Society releases its Annual Report, a comprehensive look at the organization’s activities from the previous fiscal year. The report includes financial statements, messages from the Board and the executive leadership team, and highlights and success stories from its programs and services, while offering insight into CHS’s strategic goals for the future.

2017-2018 Annual Report

2016-2017 Annual Report

Accessibility means creating experiences where all people can enjoy barrier-free communication and full and active participation. At CHS, we offer solutions to assist people who are Deaf and hard of hearing enhance safety and independence at home, at work and in their daily lives.

Communication Devices

Our knowledgeable consultants help you choose from a complete range of communication devices designed to improve communication, safety and independence in your home or at school.

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES FOR BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS & FACILITIES

We are your experts in the field of accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people. Our specialists offer a range of services to open lines of communication, break down barriers and ensure you comply with legal requirements for inclusive business practices and provision of services.

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