CHS launches a new partnership in Nova Scotia providing the public with greater access to communications devices
The Canadian Hearing Society launches a new partnership in Nova Scotia
providing the public with greater access to communications devices
Toronto, ON (June 3, 2013) - This week, The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) launches its partnership with the Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians (SDHHNS) at two product launch events.
SDHHNS invites community officials and consumers to celebrate the new partnership by joining them for a demonstration of a full range of communications devices including visual fire alarms, alarm clocks, watches, alerting systems, amplified telephones and listening devices.
Product launch details
Location: SDHHNS office 1657 Barrington Street Suite 117, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Date: Tuesday June 4th
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 pm
Location: SDHHNS office 762 Victoria Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia
Date: June 6th
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Client testimonials: “I had wonderful service (at the Society) and had the opportunity to try out some special equipment. I am in the market for a new amplified phone and am mesmerized by what’s available on the internet. The Society has helped me narrow down my search to phones that may work for me. I look forward to the opportunity to try out additional devices and to purchase equipment locally from the Society, when that service becomes available, “says consumer Marilyn Bennett a hard of hearing senior from Sydney, Nova Scotia.
“The best thing about the communication devices program is the broad and varied range of devices available in addition to the knowledgeable advice and support from program staff. I am pleased to see the devices programs expanding ensuring we have access to the latest devices,” says Frank D’Eon Deaf Senior from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
CHS and partner quotes:
“Key partnerships with organizations like Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotiansmeans more Canadians who are deaf and hard of hearing can get the communications devices that provide them with solutions to overcome communications barriers.” says Chris Kenopic CHS President and CEO. “We value our partnerships and we welcome as our newest CHS partner..,”
“The partnership greatly increases the number and range of assistive and communication devices available to Deaf and hard of hearing Nova Scotians. It will assist in reducing barriers and enhancing communication for Nova Scotians with a hearing loss says Frank O’Sullivan, Executive Director of SDHHNS.”
“We recognize each partnership and the importance of raising awareness and the need of communication products being available in every province. The proceeds from each purchase supports to our local partner so they can reinvest in community programs, “ says JoAnn Bentley, CHS Program Director Communication Devices and Accessibility Consulting Programs.
Nearly one out of every four adult Canadians reports having some hearing loss, almost 10% of people identify themselves as culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. Aging is the leading cause of hearing loss; by 2016, six million Canadians will be over the age of 65.
Kara-Ann Miel Frank O’Sullivan
Director Marketing & Communications Executive Director
The Canadian Hearing Society Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians
Ph.416-928-2500 ext 231 TTY 902-423-3353
TTY 416-928-2545 Videophone 902-422-7132
Regional Manager, SDHHNS- Cape Breton
902 564 0003 Voice
902 564 0486 TTY
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, internal revenue generation including fundraising, and the United Way.
Unique in North America, CHS offers a complete roster of essential services under one roof through 28 offices including sign language interpreting to bridge the gap between Deaf and hearing people; one-on-one language development for deaf children using play as the medium of learning; employment services; sign language instruction; speechreading training; and, the most complete range of communication devices that assist and augment communication including TTYs (text telephones), visual smoke detectors, baby monitors and alarm clocks.
Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians
Since 1980, Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians has provided a wide range of programs and services to the estimated 58,000 Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and deaf-blind people in the Province of Nova Scotia. Programs and services include: sign language interpreting; Deaf community support; assistive and communication devices; hard of hearing seniors services; self-help support groups; resource library aand information and referral services. With affiliate offices in Halifax and Sydney it strives to provide programs and services in all areas of the province.