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.
We collaborate with our partners to advance and empower the Deaf and Deaf-Blind literacy community.
We create innovative tools and resources to enhance literacy within the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community.
We celebrate achievement in the development of literacy in the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community.
We promote literacy for Deaf and Deaf-Blind people with respect, integrity and transparency.
We inspire practitioners and learners in their literacy journey with our passion and knowledge.
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:
DLI brings together the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community through outreach and an accessible, Deaf-friendly website.
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.
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…
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
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
Simone Edwards Forde
Deaf Literacy Initiative operates with the generous support of the MAESD Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.