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For immediate release
August 27, 2014

New CHS Cornwall office opens doors to the community
Sign up for fall ASL classes today, still a few spots left

Cornwall, ON (August 26, 2014) – The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is offering sign language classes at its new office in Cornwall serving the communities of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

CHS in Cornwall is offering American Sign Language (ASL) classes taught by certified Deaf instructors in a supportive and interactive environment. Classes are on Wednesday evenings beginning September 10 for 10 weeks.

“Effective communication is critical to interpersonal relationships. It results in better understanding and allows engagement among people and contributes to better outcomes for everyone, whether Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing,” said Michel David, Regional Director, CHS Ottawa and Cornwall. “Learning sign language is an opportunity to increase one’s awareness of the Deaf community, and helps remove barriers to communication wherever you find them.”

Residents can register for classes online or contact the Cornwall office. CHS opened the office in spring 2014 at Montreal Road and Marlborough Street making it easier for the community to access CHS’s services by appointment. Before the Cornwall office opened, neighbouring office CHS Ottawa delivered services to the community remotely.

“CHS Ottawa had been providing services to Cornwall residents who use ASL or La langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) where staff either visited them or residents drove to Ottawa for services,” said David. Services at CHS Cornwall include counselling, legal and social services, accessibility consulting services, and senior support via the Hearing Healthcare Program.

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“In addition to offering sign language classes this fall, hearing help classes and other programs, we are also seeking passionate, committed community members to become part of our local board, the Community Development Council,” added David.

CHS is recruiting local Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and hearing residents to sit on its Community Development Council. The aim of the council is to represent the community and help identify needs, increase awareness and support CHS’s mission.

“This is a great opportunity for the Cornwall community to get involved in CHS in their own backyards,” David said.  

CHS offers counselling, support, education, and communication devices advice and sales to assist residents of Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry counties who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. CHS Cornwall offers its services in ASL, LSQ, English and French. The United Way of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry are funding services in this area.

For more information, visit or contact the office at 1-877-866-4445 or on Teletypewriter (TTY) at 1-888-697-3650 or email

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About the Canadian Hearing Society

The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) was incorporated in 1940 to provide services, products and information to culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened, and hard of hearing people and to educate the hearing public. CHS is governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing. The organization is funded by government, grants, membership and various fundraising activities. For more information or to find your regional office, visit

CHS Media Contact:

Marie-Lauren Gregoire


Phone:  416-928-2500 ext 272

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