Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Adults
SMD has a strong relationship with Manitoba’s Deaf community. SMD has developed numerous programs and courses to assist clients who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, as well as others who want to help make the community more accessible for everyone.
- ASL Courses – American Sign Language (ASL) courses of every level are offered across the province at the request of schools, families, community groups and workplaces. Courses are 35 – 40 hours in length. Courses are offered in-person or by teleconference.
- SMD ASL Immersion – This is a one week program held in the summer every year in Winnipeg. They run Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For parents and families attending the Immersion classes, there is a Fun & Sign recreation program for children 5 to 12 years of age.
The 2017 ASL Summer Immersion Program will run from July 10th to the 14th at the Manitoba School for the Deaf at 242 Stradford Avenue, Winnipeg. For more information on ASL Immersion and the Fun & Sign programs, please contact SMD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services - TTY 204 975 3083 or e-mail Claudine Bach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may complete the registration form on-line by clicking the link below:
THE ASL IMMERSION 2017 REGISTRATION FORM
For more information download the FAQ About the ASL Immersion (opens a PDF)
Questions and Answers
I would like to take an ASL course to help me communicate with my Deaf child / relative but I can’t afford to pay for the course. Is there any financial assistance available?
The provincial government offers a subsidy to help parents and other family members pay the registration fees for ASL courses. The subsidy is offered to families whose Deaf or hard of hearing children are 17 years of age and under. The subsidy is also available to families who have hearing children who need ASL to communicate.
I don’t live in Winnipeg. Are there ASL courses in other locations in Manitoba?
Special and regular ASL courses are set up throughout the province based on demand. A school or group may wish to sponsor a course or they may request the assistance of SMD’s offices throughout the province. Instructors travel to various communities from time to time.
If you would like information about these courses or setting one up in your home community area, please contact Rita Bomak – TTY 204 975 3083 or e-mail rbomak.smd.mb.ca
- ASL Teaching Services - These courses are held at Deaf Centre Manitoba (DCM) but they are not run by DCM. There is no one in the ASL Teaching Services office during the day but they do have a TTY answering machine. To contact them, first phone MRS at 1 800 855 0511 and ask the Operator to phone ASL Teaching Services at 204 452 5358 (a TTY number). You can ask the MRS Operator to leave your message, name and phone number on the answering machine. You may also contact ASL Teaching Serves by Fax: 204 475 7657 or e-mail: email@example.com or website: www.aslts.ca.
- Language Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adult Newcomers - is a learner centered, culturally sensitive program for Deaf/hard of hearing adults to learn English and/or American Sign Language as additional languages. Individual and group classes are multi-level ranging from Literacy to Canadian Language Benchmarks 7.
Adult Counselling Services
- SMD’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services provides advocacy services in legal and medical situations to help Deaf and hard of hearing individuals receive information in a way that can be clearly understood. Having another Deaf person involved with medical or legal appointments can also make Deaf or hard of hearing people more comfortable dealing with larger mainstream systems.
- SMD’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services offers individual or group life skills training program that are designed, implemented and monitored by Deaf Community Counsellors. Training can focus on such areas as: self awareness and confidence, effective communication and interpersonal skills, parenting and/or daily living skills.
- Individual counselling services are offered for a variety of personal situations.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Program - refers to the progressive process of planning, preparing for and attaining gainful employment. Services may include counselling, assessment and support in obtaining financial assistance for job training or educational programs and employment placement.
ASL Family Subsidy Program - The Province of Manitoba offers a subsidy to help pay for the costs of ASL programming (in-home tutoring, ASL Immersion, ASL course) for family members who need to learn ASL. Family members who have a child/youth (Deaf or hard of hearing) 17 years of age and under who needs or uses ASL, may be eligible. There is a maximum subsidy of $600.00 per year, per family. The subsidy can be accessed if there is no other funding (Educational Authority, EIA, CFS, etc.) available.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program staff are available to provide a range of presentations, workshops and consultative services to communities and organizations. Professional development programs that address such topics as Accessibility, Communications, ASL and Deaf Culture can be tailored to group’s specific needs.
For more information, contact SMD Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services - TTY 204 975 3083 or e-mail Claudine Bach at firstname.lastname@example.org.