Government of Canada – Federal Disability Reference Guide. The Government of Canada Department of Human Resources and Skills Development published its Federal Disability Reference Guide in 2012. Click the following link to access the document: http://www.hrsdc .gc. ca/eng /disability_issues /reports /disability_ guide/ index.shtml. This detailed document includes a great deal of information, including an entire section on how to plan inclusive meetings http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability_issues/doc/gpim/page00.shtml
Universal Design and Barrier-Free Access, Guidelines for Persons with Hearing Loss. In the spring of 2008 CHHA National announced the publication of its excellent new resource guide that provides the information necessary to ensure accessible communication is prevalent in mainstream society, thus ensuring access for persons with hearing loss. The document addresses best practices and policies, facility-specific guidelines, service-specific guidelines and more. The document can be downloaded for free from the CHHA National website – look under publications/booklets. For a direct link to the pdf document click here.
Working with Hearing Loss – A Guide for Employees, Employers and Entrepreneurs, published by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association in 2008. This is an excellent resource, available in both English and French, and can be downloaded in pdf format for free from the CHHA National website. Hard-copy versions can be ordered by contacting the CHHA National office toll-free at 800-263-8068, TTY 613-526-2692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society for Manitobans With Disabilities (SMD) has an Assistive Technology Support Program and Funding Source Guide. These two new resources, announced in 2008, provide financial assistance to people who require assistive technology, as well as a reliable guide to other available funding sources. The programs are delivered by the SMD Foundation and Easter Seals Manitoba, with funding provided by the Assistive Technology Fund, a special initiative of the SMD Foundation. The funding program is available to all members of the self-help organizations that participate in the SMD Self-Help Clearinghouse network, which includes members of CHHA Manitoba Chapter. For more information about the Assistive Technology Support Program and application process, and the Funding Source Guide, visit the SMD website at http://www.smd.mb.ca.
In 2008 the Clearinghouse hosted a conflict management course which was attended by volunteers and staff from several organizations. Those interested in an in-depth program may wish to consider the two-day program offered by Mediation Services, How to Deal with Difficult People. For more information visit their web site at http://www.mediationserviceswpg.ca/training/?show=icr, or phone 925-3410
Noise is unwanted sound. Any sound that makes us irritable, angry, tired or interferes with sleep is noise. Noise is now the number one cause of hearing loss in our society. A Vancouver-based organization, The Right to Quiet Society, provides information about International Noise Awareness Day, which was held April 16, on its website at http://www.quiet.org.
Hearing Loss Association of America Webinars: For details about upcoming webinars and to review transcripts/replay previous presentations, visit http://www.hearingloss.org/content/webinars