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.
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 a 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 email@example.com.