Welcome to the Canadian Helen Keller Centre
The Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) is the only residential training centre in Canada for people who are deaf-blind. Courses are taught one-on-one, using the individual's preferred mode of communication. CHKC also provides support to deaf-blind seniors and their families and workers.
Through our web site, our goal is to inform persons who are deaf-blind, their families, service providers, volunteers, supporters, and the general public about the needs, concerns and challenges of persons living with both vision and hearing loss.
CHKC Annual General Meeting
The Canadian Helen Keller Centre held its Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors on Tuesday September 17, 2013 at the CNIB Centre, 1929 Bayview Avenue, in Toronto, Ontario.
A PDF of the 2012-2013 Annual Report is available here.
Special thanks to retiring directors Jennifer Alexopolous and Mark Demeda for their time and expertise serving on the board. The incoming board of directors welcomed Tina Marano, a tenant of Rotary Cheshire Apartments and Robert Young, an engineer and former director as new board members for the 2013-2015 term.
During the evening, CHKC was pleased to honour the local YMCA for their many years of support to the deaf-blind community by providing free memberships to participants of the Centre.
Unfortunately our keynote speaker the Honourable David Zimmer, MPP Willowdale was unable to attend the event, however his assistant Alex Barber attended and shared good news of funding from the Ontario government for some infrastructure repairs at RCH.
Overall, the night was a great success and we thank everyone who attended for their on-going support and dedication to RCH and CHKC.
Another Successful JuneFest
June 5th, 2013
So the sun wasn't shining down on JuneFest this year; that's okay. In fact, it was perfect as the grey day meant less glare for communication.
Communication is the key to the world for individuals who are deaf-blind. JuneFest celebrates Deaf-Blind Awareness month in Ontario. Students from local schools came to JuneFest to learn all about deaf-blindness. They learned how someone who is deaf-blind communicates, as well as how to use a white cane. Students cheered their teachers on as they competed against each other in a blindfolded obstacle course. Agencies, organizations, consumer groups, corporations, etc. were also there showcasing their products and services by communicating who they are and what they do.
There is always something new to learn every year. There is always someone new to meet, but many come to touch base with those they only see once a year. Opportunities to share a burger from the charity bbq, or a pizza slice from Boston Pizza, along with watching Malibu Bob juggling on his stilts, while DJ Mike plays music are some of the returning activities.
In addition, this year singer and songwriter Ivy James entertained us with her own unique melodies, Craig MacLean communicated a story in ASL to the audience through an interpreter, and the Korean Traditional Music Orchestra of the Blind performed for the crowd. The Garden Club of Toronto brought plants to showcase how people who are deaf-blind can enjoy gardening and plants using all the senses, and finally, the art contest featured the unique talents and beautiful artwork of the many talented artists who are deaf-blind.
Rotary Cheshire Homes Inc. and the Canadian Helen Keller Centre were proud to officially recognize Eddy Morten as the winner of the 2013 JT Award at this year's JuneFest under the category of Involvement. Eddy, a consumer himself, has been a leader in the deaf and deaf-blind community in Vancouver for over 20 years. He has laid the foundation for many, and has been the driving force behind improving services for his community.
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CHKC Offers Braille Repair
CHKC now offers Braille Repair. Whether your Perkins Brailler needs a cleaning, tune-up or other repairs, send your machine to CHKC and we will fix it for you. The cost for general maintenance and repair is $75. Costs may increase if replacement parts are required.
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iPad®, MacBook® & Technology Workshops
Due to the high demand of these very popular workshops, CHKC continues to hold iPad® and MacBook® workshops when possible. These sessions provide the opportunity for consumers to learn about the many accessibility features of Apple® technology and includes tips on Apps that are particularly useful for individuals who are deaf-blind.
Thanks again to the MCSS Capacity Building Initiative which provided funding to purchase the technology and deliver these workshops.
CHKC plans to offer more of these workshops in the future. If you are interested in learning more about iPad® tablets and MacBook® computers please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rendezvous at Helen's Seniors Drop-In Club
Are you deaf-blind and over 60? Do you want to get out more often and meet some new people? CHKC hosts a senior's drop-in bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Every meeting features a different activity such as: health care clinics (diabetes, heart health, foot care), guest speakers, cooking and nutrition, games, and of course time to socialize and have a cup of tea.
If you would like to join us, please contact CHKC email@example.com Tel/TTY: 416-225-8989. To view a calendar of dates and activities
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