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. 

Learn more about Barrier Free Education.

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.

Position Paper on Access to Language and Language Acquisition for Children

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. 

Position Paper on Challenges and Issues Affecting Access to Post-Secondary Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

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.

Position Paper on the continuum of K-12 Educational Placements for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing