Toronto, ON (January 26, 2012) - The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) announced today its partnership with Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc. (DCM), making CHS’s expertise and full range of communications devices and products accessible to Deaf, Deaf-blind and hard of hearing Manitobans.
“Our goal at CHS is to further strengthen our partnerships outside of Ontario and broaden the reach of our communication devices program, providing deaf and hard of hearing Canadians improved access not only to communication but their safety and independence. Our partnership with DCM makes this a reality in Manitoba,” says Chris Kenopic CHS President and CEO.
"I am very exciting about this partnership with The Canadian Hearing Society to provide the communication device products for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing people who have longed to have a better service for them that provides accessibility to their needs,” says Sheila Montney, Executive Director Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc.
A wide selection of products will be available for purchase, some of which include, alarm clocks, watches, alerting systems, amplified telephones and listening devices for television.
“I am very excited to work with Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc and bring communication products into Manitoba. Proceeds from each purchase will be given back to the organization which works for and supports the Deaf, Deaf-blind and hard of hearing communities, “says Jo-Ann Bentley, CHS Program Director Communication Devices and Accessibility Consulting Programs.
Invited guests will celebrate the official launch on January 27 from 11 am to 12 pm at Deaf Resource Centre located at 101- 285 Pembina Highway Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc is celebrating over 35 years and is a non-profit charitable organization which recognizes the value of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language. The purpose of the organization is to coordinate and/or provide resources, programs and advocacy that enhance the development of the Deaf Community.
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.