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

  • 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

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Anselmo DeSousa

Acting Executive Director

anselmo@deafliteracy.ca

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
Chairperson
Christine Nelson
board@deafliteracy.ca
 
Director
Patrick Cross
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Vice Chair
Simone Edwards Forde
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Treasurer
Rosemarie Poirer
Director - Krushan Thevarajah
Director
Krushan Thevarajah
Secretary
Vacant
Director - Isolda Garcia
Director
Isolda Garcia
 
 

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.

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