Community-Based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Winner, 2005: The Canadian Helen Keller Centre's Computer Essentials and Technical Devices Program (2005)

The Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) is a not-for-profit organization in Toronto, Ontario, that offers training and skills development for individuals with the dual disability of deafness and blindness.

The CHKC, which opened in 2001, is the only residential training centre in Canada that provides intensive skills development programs to deaf-blind persons. Specifically, it is geared to deaf-blind youth making the transition into adulthood, and to adults who have become deaf-blind.

While many CHKC clients come from the Toronto area, others travel to the centre from outside the region and stay there upwards of six months.

The centre offers a wide range of instruction, provided one-on-one in the client’s preferred mode of communication. That could be tactile spelling, finger spelling, sign language, Braille, large print, or the use of technical devices with refreshable Braille displays. Subjects include orientation and mobility; skills of daily living, like cooking, grooming, and household management; and recreation and leisure.

As well, the centre offers a computer essentials and technical devices (CE/TD) program, which helps clients learn about technical devices they can use to help increase their independence, safety, and employability.

In addition to teaching deaf-blind students to overcome barriers to information and communication, the CE/TD program helps reduce the isolation they often experience because of their disability.

There are at least 15,500 deaf-blind people in Canada.

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Douglas Watt. Community-Based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Winner, 2005: The Canadian Helen Keller Centre's Computer Essentials and Technical Devices Program 2005. Web. 27 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_disabilities_winner_2005/cblo_disabilities_winner_2005.pdf>
Douglas Watt (2005). Community-Based Learning Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Winner, 2005: The Canadian Helen Keller Centre's Computer Essentials and Technical Devices Program. Retrieved October 27, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/cblo_disabilities_winner_2005/cblo_disabilities_winner_2005.pdf
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