The Canadian Hearing Society's signature awareness event, "Deaf" for a Day, kicks off in Toronto on May 1



    
       "('Deaf" for a Day) made me realize that communication is often taken
      for granted. Part of the benefit of being an evolved species like we
       are is communication. It's a beautiful, sublime, amazing thing.
                           I learned that today."
                    - Tyler Stewart, the Barenaked Ladies
                     "Deaf" for a Day participant, 2005
             Honorary Provincial Co-Chair, "Deaf" for a Day 2006

     "We (the police) make decisions about people's liberty, about their
       security, and their safety - and communication is such an important
        part. It is very helpful to be reminded how we can ensure we are
                              serving everyone."
                    - Bill Blair, Toronto Chief of Police
                     "Deaf" for a Day participant, 2006
    

    TORONTO, April 24 /CNW/ - May is Hearing Awareness Month and The Canadian
Hearing Society (CHS) is kicking it off on Tuesday, May 1 by challenging local
Toronto celebrities to join them in experiencing first hand what it is like to
live with hearing loss.
    CHS Honorary Provincial Chair "Deaf" for a Day 2007 and media
personality, "Humble" Howard Glassman, actor and performer, Michael Burgess,
Toronto Fire Chief, Bill Stewart and other community and business leaders are
stepping up and meeting the challenge head-on. The celebrities will have their
hearing artificially blocked and be asked to complete a routine task -
reporting a car accident, touring a new school - unable to hear, speak or
write. Each one will face communication barriers they must overcome - barriers
faced every day by people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. When the
participants return from their tasks they will share their experiences with
three groups of high school students and other interested community members in
on-site interviews with our Master of Ceremonies and "Deaf" for a Day 2006
participant, CBC radio host, Barbara Budd.
    Almost 1 in 4 adult Canadians reports having hearing loss; it is the
fastest growing disability in North America. The systemic barriers faced by
this growing group of Canadians are what make "Deaf" for a Day such an
important event. First hosted by the CHS Sudbury office in 1997, it is a
unique and powerful call to our communities to work together to eradicate
these barriers and make society fully accessible to people who are deaf,
deafened and hard of hearing. We invite you to become a partner with CHS in
this endeavour by pledging your support by calling 1-877-347-3427 or through
our website at www.chs.ca.

    Established in 1940, The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is the largest
agency of its kind in Canada. Unique in North America, CHS offers a complete
roster of essential services under one roof through 28 offices including sign
language interpreting to bridge the gap between Deaf and hearing people;
one-on-one language development for deaf children using play as the medium of
learning; employment services; sign language instruction; speechreading
training; and, the most complete range of communication devices that assist
and augment communication including TTYs (text telephones), visual smoke
detectors, baby monitors and alarm clocks.

    
     CHS is grateful to our participating celebrities and host locations:

            Barbara Budd             53 Division, Toronto Police Services
          Michael Burgess                            IKEA
          Dan Duguay, CUPE                           LCBO
        Larry Hyett, TD Bank                       Casa Loma
           Joe Sgro, WSIB                      Cellar Door Winery
            Bill Stewart                   Holiday Inn Toronto Midtown
                                            Humewood Community School
                                                Metro Central YMCA
                                         North Collision Reporting Centre

               Special thanks to our Honorary Provincial Chair
                           "Humble" Howard Glassman

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    For more information on "Deaf" for a Day 2007 and how to get involved
                                    visit
                                 www.chs.ca
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        Provincial Lead Sponsors:
        Scotiabank Group
        Phonak Hearing Systems

                                 CHS Vision
                                 ----------

    A society where all people are respected; have full access to
communication; and are able to participate without social, economic, or
emotional barriers.

                                 CHS Mission
                                 -----------

    The Canadian Hearing Society is the leading provider of services,
products, and information that:

        -  remove barriers to communication
        -  advance hearing health
        -  promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf,
           deafened, and hard of hearing.
    





For further information:

For further information: Adrienne Clarke, Tel: (416) 928-2500 Ext. 284,
TTY: (416) 964-0023, aclarke@chs.ca


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