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Literacy Program

CNIB provides Ontario’s only literacy and basic skills program for Deafblind adults in Ontario, funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges & University.

The program addresses a wide range of student goals, including:

  • Employment
  • Apprenticeship
  • Secondary school credit
  • Post-secondary education
  • Independence

How is it delivered?

  • One-on-one or small group instruction
  • Instruction in the preferred method of communication of the student
  • Year-round
  • Flexible class times

CNIB’s instructors follow the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework, which is a competency-based framework that supports the development of adult learners and literacy programming.

What instruction is given?

  • Basic computer training
  • Numeracy
  • Measurement
  • Recognition and classification
  • Data management and probability
  • Filling out forms
  • Reading comprehension and writing skills
  • Job readiness
  • Managing schedules
  • Working with others
  • Budgeting
  • Problem solving
  • Resume writing
  • Community partner referrals and resources

Methods of communication:

  • Sign language
  • Fingerspelling
  • Two-hand manual alphabet
  • Voice over
  • Lip reading
  • Print-on-palm
  • Braille
  • Large-print notes

Assistive technologies available:

  • Screen-reading software (ie. JAWS – Job Access With Speech)
  • Screen magnification software (ZoomText)
  • Braillers – slate and stylus
  • Braille printers
  • Closed-circuit televisions
  • Specialized phones
  • Smartboard


  • Deafblind Ontario residents 19 years and older whose literacy skills are below Grade 12, and who are proficient enough to benefit fully from the language of instruction
  • Assessed with combined loss of hearing and vision

Where is it offered?

  • Classes are offered in Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Brantford and London
  • Instruction is available at various locations, including on-site classrooms, in the community or at the student’s home

How to apply:

Call or email to arrange an interview.

Contact CNIB’s Deafblind Literacy Program

Beverly Morris, Manager, Deafblind Community Services , London
Phone: 519 685-8420 x.5103
Email: beverly.morris@deafblindservices.ca

Jessica White, Manager, Deafblind Community Services , Ottawa
Phone: 613 563-4021 x.5016
Email: jessica.white@deafblindservices.ca

Alice Burton, Manager, Deafblind Community Services ,Toronto
Phone: 416 486-2500 x.8265
Email: alice.burton@deafblindservices.ca

Tammy Taylor, Manager, Deafblind Community Services , Hamilton
Phone: 905 688-0022 x.5333
Email: tammy.taylor@deafblindservices.ca

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.
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