Equality and Accessibility

CHS advocates for fair and equitable access to employment, legal services, government and essential services.

Specialized Services

CHS is concerned that there is a growing trend to eliminate specialized services that will result in lasting consequences for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, perpetuating the systemic barriers these consumers face. CHS has developed this policy position to clearly articulate the challenges, gaps and barriers, enumerate recommendations to address identified barriers and issues, and call on key stakeholders to adopt a collaborative and systemic approach to resolving this crisis across Canada.

Position Paper on Specialized Services to Persons who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Legal Services

CHS, with the support of the Law Foundation of Ontario, provided legal practitioners with education, training, and workshops to communicate effectively in community legal settings with Deaf and hard of hearing clients whose language is a signed language.

Information for legal practitioners on the Ontario Interpreting Service

Providing Barrier-Free Legal Service Brochure

Language and Communication Access Checklist

Discrimination and Audism

Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians have the right to fair and equitable treatment, to participate equally in the workplace, and to communicate fully and freely with businesses, nonprofit organizations and government; the public, private, voluntary and not for profit sectors are responsible for ensuring discrimination free environments.

Position Paper on Discrimination and Audism

Accessibility and Accommodation

Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians continue to be denied the accommodation needed for full and equal access to vital services that most Canadians take for granted such as education, employment, government services, and health care.

Position Paper on Accessibility and Accommodation

Government and Democracy

Democracy is the foundation of every free country in the world; yet Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians continue to be denied the accommodation they need for full and equal access to the democratic process in Canada.

Position Paper on Accessible Democracy

Quick References on Removing Barriers to Political Participation

The Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario (CPA Ontario), CHS, the CNIB and the Ontario March of Dimes have partnered with the Government of Ontario.

Count Us In: Removing Barriers to Political Participation, a series of three reference guides to increase accessibility of Ontarians with disabilities to the democratic process.