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

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Collaborate

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

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Create

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

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Celebrate

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

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Promote

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

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Inspire

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

Our Mission

​Deaf Literacy Initiative is a leader in:

  • 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

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

In 1991, a group of concerned community members noticed the there is a lack of of standards and guidelines in the Deaf adult learning community and for practitioners. These concerned members formed a network of literacy connecting to literacy ...

 
 
 

Our Staff

Jeff Panasuik

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Jeff came to Deaf Literacy Initiative with experiences in working at non-profit organizations specialized in providing services to Deaf and DeafBlind communities.​​

Board of Directors

Chair - Christine Nelson
Chair
Christine Nelson
 
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Vice Chair
Isolda Garcia
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Director
Evan-Wyatt
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Treasurer
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Director
Sage Lovell
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Secretary
Karen Mackenzie
Director - Krushan Thevarajah
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Krushan Thevarajah
 
 

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 MLTSD: Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development.

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