Exceptionality Presentation
Deaf / Hard of Hearing

Summary of Presentation and Links from OPC's Special Education for Administrators course Winter 2014-15.  Presented by Katie Maxwell and Jamey Byers


Video Resources

The following are videos used during the presentation or we referred to.

Web Resources

  • OCDSB - QPI Document - Great resource that gives overviews of all programs available for students with exceptionalities and effective teaching strategies.
  • EduGAINS - Special Education - Ministry of Education website centered on Classroom Teacher / School Leader / System Leader / Facilitator resources for learning disabilities.
  • Toronto Star Article - Ontario deaf students fighting for better education. Deaf students say they are receiving an inferior education at provincially run schools, where teachers and principals won't -- or can't – communicate using sign language.
  • Ontario Human Rights Commission - a guide for Ontario Schools
  • Silent Voice - serves Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families in an American Sign Language Environment. “We are dedicated to improving communication and relationships between Deaf and hearing family members and Deaf and hearing members of our community.”
  • Twitter - @ONTSpecialNeeds - Great images and infographics for you to follow on Twitter. Website has portal page that shows many school boards’ Special Education Plans.
  • Ontario Teachers Federation - Teaching Spec. Ed. - Maybe one of the best websites on understanding and effective teaching of students with exceptionalities.
  • Provincial & Demonstrations Schools - Offering services for Deaf/Deaf-Blind students are located in: Belleville, Milton, London, and Ottawa (Francophone) - 2014 Enrolment is approx. 320 students. another 4000 in schools D/HH.
  • Bob Rumball Organization - provide opportunities for a higher quality of life for Deaf people while preserving and promoting their language and culture.
  • Canadian Hearing Society - Interesting part of this site describes deaf culture. This charitable organization was founded in 1940 and is the leading provider of services, products, in advocator of the hearing impaired.
  • Voice for Hearing Impaired Children - Another charitable organization founded in the 1960’s has the principal objectives to provide hope and support to parents, and inform that children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and speak.
  • LD@School - A website that provides classroom resources that assist in meeting the needs for students with learning disabilities. Numeracy, Literacy, Executive Function, and Social & Emotional Development are highlighted.
  • Signing Savvy - This is a great resource for American Sign Language

1992 Stats Canada Report on Education of Formally Identified D/HH Canadians

  • 2% of Deaf Canadians held university degrees, compared to 14% of the general population.
  • 2.7% of hard of hearing Canadians have university degrees
  • 13% of Deaf Canadians received certificate/diploma.
  • 8 % of Deaf Canadians obtained post-secondary education.
  • 25% of Deaf Canadians received high school education.
  • 52% of Deaf Canadians obtained elementary education.


Example IEPs for D/HH Students

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