Specialized job-related services to support the Deaf and hard of hearing with employment goals ASL
Employment Services at Canadian Hearing Services (CHS) offer free supports to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, ages 16 and over, to find a job and succeed by working with employees and employers to put the right supports in place.
Employment Services focuses on people who are Deaf and hard of hearing and their unique employment challenges. Our network of employers is familiar with the needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing. Other services for people with disabilities may not have our knowledge base and expertise working with a wide range of hearing loss in the workplace, including fluency in ASL, technology applications, workplace communication, and safety strategies for Deaf and hard of hearing employees. We can also address the needs of people with literacy challenges and deaf immigrants whose first language is not English, French, ASL or LSQ.
Career counselling and job search training ASL
Our employment consultants can provide help with:
- job search challenges related to hearing loss
- career planning
- provide or identify job related training and development opportunities
- résumé and cover letter services
- leads and referrals to potential job opportunities
- preparing for interviews
- arranging an interpreter or live translation of speech to text for your interviews
- accessing funds for work related expenses, such as appropriate clothing, training, or assistive devices including hearing aids
- deciding when and how to disclose your hearing loss to potential employers
Support on the job
We have expertise in counselling, technology and workplace accommodation to help you succeed at your job. We can work with you and your employer to:
- find assistive technology and communication devices such as TTYs (text telephones)
- identify and implement appropriate workplace accommodations for a barrier-free work environment
- offer communication workshops to your co-workers
- help find solutions to communication barriers
For more information on the current ODSP employment benefits, talk to a CHS Employment Consultant or visit https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/odsp/
This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and local United Ways.