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.


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.


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

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

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

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

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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.



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

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Anselmo DeSousa

Acting Executive Director


Anselmo has 35 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 trainer, ASL instructor, coach and consultant

  • Actor in films, television and theatre, including:

    • Dark Web: Cicada 3301

    • Sue Thomas F.B.Eye

    • This is Wonderland

Board of Directors

Chair - Christine Nelson
Christine Nelson
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Vice Chair
Simone Edwards Forde
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Rosemarie Poirer
Director - Krushan Thevarajah
Krushan Thevarajah
Director - Isolda Garcia
Isolda Garcia


Come volunteer with us!

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


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

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