About DLI

Deaf Literacy Initiative is Ontario’s umbrella organization for literacy in the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community. Our services are accessible and culturally appropriate and include: training, research, networking, and resources.

Vision

Our vision is to be a world leader in literacy services to the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community providing professional expertise and innovations in these specialized services.

Values

Collaborate

We collaborate with our partners to advance and empower the Deaf and Deaf-Blind literacy community.

Create

We create innovative tools and resources to enhance literacy within the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community.

Celebrate

We celebrate achievement in the development of literacy in the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community.

Promote

We promote literacy for Deaf and Deaf-Blind people with respect, integrity and transparency. 

Inspire

We inspire practitioners and learners in their literacy journey with our passion and knowledge.

Our

Mission

  • Developing accessible training for practitioners and learners in the Deaf and Deaf-Blind literacy agencies
     

  • Advancing the Deaf and Deaf-Blind literacy field through consultation, research and technology initiatives
     

  • Producing accessible and culturally relevant learning resources
     

  • Supporting and advocating for the Deaf and Deaf-Blind literacy community globally

​Deaf Literacy Initiative is a leader in:

Strategic

Plan

Increased Visibility

DLI brings together the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community through outreach and an accessible, Deaf-friendly website.

Increased Technology

DLI advances literacy opportunities by working with the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community in developing online resources and by providing and advocating for necessary equipment.

Financial Dependability

DLI sells goods and services to fund new resources and to provide needed support to the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community.

 

History

Deaf Leaders Create Literacy Network

 

Since 1991, leaders in the Deaf literacy community have worked together to create a literacy network in Ontario.  With the help of many volunteers, GOLD was established and began its very important work…

 
 
 

Our Staff

Chris Kenopic

Executive Director

Chris has 25 years experience as a consumer-driven leader in the not-for-profit sector.

  • Deaf Literacy Initiative – Executive Director

  • Ontario Association of the Deaf –Executive Director

  • Canadian Hearing Society – CEO and President

  • World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf hosted in Montreal, 2003 – Chair and President

  • Active volunteer serving in many organizations

Curriculum Developer

Rose Ethridge

Anselmo DeSousa

Project Coordinator

Anselmo has 30 years experience serving in the Deaf community.

  • Deaf Literacy Initiative - staff researcher on the Adult Literacy Curriculum for Signposts and the Independence Pathway

  • Office of Provincial Advocacy for Children and Youth - Advocate for Children and Youth

  • ASL instructor, coach and consultant

  • Actor in films, television and theatre, including:

    • Sue Thomas F.B.Eye

    • This is Wonderland

    • I’m Not from Hear

Rose has over 10 years experience as an instructor, developer and presenter in early intervention, adult literacy and education fields. 

  • Deaf Literacy Initiative – Curriculum Developer (current) and OALCF Project Coordinator (past)

  • Silent Voice Canada – Infant Hearing Program ASL Consultant

  • George Brown College – Adult Literacy Instructor

  • George Brown College – College Instructor

  • Deaf Learn Now – ASL Host and Course Developer

  • Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf – Long Term Replacement Teacher

  • Freelance consultant and presenter for various organizations in the past.

  • Active volunteer serving Deaf and hard of hearing children in the Deaf community

Board of Directors

Chairperson
Christine Nelson
board@deafliteracy.ca
 
Vice Chair
Patrick Cross
Director
Simone Edwards-Forde
Treasurer
Vacant
Director
Krushan Thevarajah
Secretary
Beth Hutchison
 
 

Volunteer

Come volunteer with us!

DLI plans events during the year in Mississauga and Toronto. We need your help to make every event a success.

Supporters

Deaf Literacy Initiative operates with the generous support of the MAESD Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

 

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

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