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Canadian Helen Keller Centre

Canadian Helen Keller Centre
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Canadian Helen Keller Centre
210 Empress Ave.,
Toronto ON
Canada

The Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) is the only residential training centre in Canada for people who are deaf-blind.

Core programs at CHKC are Skills of Daily Living (cooking, cleaning, home organization, shopping, personal finance, grooming, etc.), Computer Essentials/Technical Devices, Adapted Communication (sign language, 2-Hand Manual), Braille, Orientation and Mobility (safe travel) and Peer Support.

Individualized classes are provided at the Centre 7 days a week between the hours of 9am and 10pm. Services are also provided in people's homes because learning in the home is sometimes more effective.

All of CHKC's services are flexible but they depend on finding experienced instructors and intervenors who can communicate in the student's preferred communication style. Each student has different interests and access/learning needs, so classes are provided one-on-one.

CHKC provides services to adults and seniors living in the Toronto area. People who live in the GTA can access CHKC when funding is available. People outside the GTA are able to stay at CHKC while they are in training, however funding opportunities are limited. Because CHKC operates out of a residential property, there are 3 bedrooms available for resident students. CHKC is continuously looking for funding and ways to provide services to Canadians who do not live in Toronto.

CHKC is grateful for the government funding it receives from the Ministry of Community and Social Services but we still need to continue to fundraise in order to cover many activities. Public awareness is one of those activities.

CHKC also supports seniors who have become deaf-blind by working directly with seniors who live in supported environments and in the community. CHKC also provides training to people who work with seniors. Seniors learn to live more safely and independently. Staff learn to identify functional deaf-blindness, improve communication skills and make environments and activities more accessible. Through these services, CHKC is increasing awareness about deaf-blindness and is helping people to develop coping skills.

Please visit www.chkc.org for more information.
 

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