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Grants (Non-medical)

The Hearing Foundation of Canada (THFC) historically supported a wide range of services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults across Canada. Some of these past projects are outlined below. Since 2007, THFC has focused on medical grants exclusively.

Grants provided in 2001 to 2006 to:
Canadian International Hearing Services (CIHS)
Bringing Aid to Deaf Children and Adults in Developing Countries project -
CIHS collected and provided refurbished hearing aids, audiological equipment, training programs and education to agencies and individuals in developing countries around the world. Through the humanitarian efforts of CIHS children with hearing loss have received their first hearing aids. Health providers also received training that enabled them to continually improve the health care of deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in their own country.

Grants provided in 2001 to 2004:

VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children (VOICE)
Auditory-Verbal Therapy project -
Through successful national advocacy efforts of various organizations, such as The Hearing Foundation of Canada, the number of severely to profoundly deaf children in Canada who are now receiving a cochlear implant has increased dramatically. By bypassing the part of the auditory system that is damaged, this technological wonder translates sounds into signals that are sent to the auditory nerve, and are then recognized by the brain as sound. But receiving a cochlear implant is just the beginning. Auditory-Verbal Therapy enables a deaf child to interpret these new sounds in order to develop language and communication skills, so crucial to their success in the classroom and the community.

Grants provided in 2001 to 2004 to:
Silent Voice, Toronto
Shared Reading Program
Based on a project currently operating at the world renowned, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., this program allows hearing parents to read stories with their children who are deaf. Tutors, who are deaf, teach parents to sign a story from a written storybook using American Sign Language (ASL). A person proficient in ASL is videotaped as they sign the story. Families are provided with the tape and the book to practise at home. This was the first time many hearing parents were able to truly communicate with their profoundly deaf child.

Family Communication Program - How do hearing children share their joy, their thoughts, their fears with their deaf parents? The Family Communication Program, a special 12-week program brought a qualified sign language teacher into these families' homes and provided training to improve communication and ultimately, family relationships.

Grants provided in 2001 to 2004 to:
Island Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre,
Silent Weekend project - By funding Silent Weekend, THFC provided a rare opportunity for deaf children and teenagers, along with their families, to come together for an educational and inspiring three days of learning.
Many of these families live in isolated communities along the B.C. coastline, making it difficult for deaf children and families to experience deaf culture and build relationships with other deaf children.

Grants provided in 2001 and 2002 to:
Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
(WIDHH), Vancouver
“Best in You” Project - Very little is offered in BC for psychosocial adjustment to hearing loss for hard of hearing youth. According to WIDHH, evidence from parents, teachers and youth is that they lack a personal and group identity as being "hard of hearing" - they have not developed the interpersonal and social skills needed to function in society and the workplace. The Best in You program assists young people to adjust to the impact of hearing loss in any communication situation.

Grants provided in 2001 and 2002 to:

Deaf Children's Society of BC, Burnaby
Tactaid VII's for Profoundly Deaf Children project - Three specialized devices were purchased for deaf children whose hearing loss was so severe they were unable to benefit from regular hearing aids. The Tactaids belong to the agency and are loaned to the families until they are able to purchase their own unit or until the child receives a cochlear implant.

provided in 2001 and 2002 to: 
Association de l'ouie de l’Outaouais de Québec
LSQ training and literacy for deaf youth and adults project -
Literacy is an enormous obstacle for deaf youth, with the average 16-year old deaf student reading at the level of a hearing 8-year old. The funds were used to help the deaf youth and adults in their community increase their literacy skills and their ability to attain employment.

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