CHS promotes equity in learning and education for learners of all ages, especially promoting access to accessible education for children and youth.
Barrier Free Education
The Barrier-Free Education Initiatives Project assists school boards in creating a more inclusive barrier-free learning environment for Deaf and hard of hearing students, to improve the educational outcomes of Ontario’s publicly funded schools.
Language Access and Language Acquisition for Children
The right to language access and language acquisition is a necessary prerequisite for exercising the right to human dignity, freedom of expression, and all other human rights. Deaf children and children with hearing loss have the right to barrier-free access to language acquisition during the early years when language is readily acquired. They have the right to acquire signed language in addition to spoken language.
Access to Post-Secondary Education
Deaf and hard of hearing post-secondary students have the right to fair and equitable treatment and to participate equally in secondary and post-secondary education. When affordable and equitable secondary and post-secondary education are not readily available, Deaf and hard of hearing post-secondary students experience differential treatment that has the potential to deprive them of career paths and economic independence.
Education Placements for Students
Deaf and hard of hearing students are as capable as any other and have the right to direct access to quality education in accessible and safe school environments where their teachers have the knowledge and skills to assess their needs, abilities, and overall academic achievement.