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