Current Projects

Canadian Accessibility Standards Development Organization

The accessibility project was funded by the Government of Canada to undertake research on six areas of accessibility barriers: emergency services, employment services, built environment, communications, technologies, and Indigenous accessibility.

Play-by-Play Captioning Project

In 2019-2023, during COVID-19, CAD-ASC collaborated with Toronto Metropolitan University conducted an eye movement study to measure the differences between commentary only captions or play-by-play captions.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

The goal of the DIAP project is to work with people with disabilities to learn more about how they see inclusive spaces from their own point of view and identify barriers.

Through our research, we have identified barriers in the following areas and created 7 main policy recommendation based on our feedback. The barriers identified included: physical spaces, systems and attitude, government policy, information/communication, finances, and technology.

Financial Sector Project

The goal of the financial sector project is to identify inaccessible barriers for the Deaf community in Canada when they use financial services.

Quiet Waves

Information coming soon

Past Projects

Users’ Preferences Captioning Project

In 2017-18, CAD-ASC led a partnership of broadcasters, captioning services, academic researchers, and DDBHH groups that examined user responses to live closed captioning in Canada.

Accessible Canada Projects

Since 2016, CAD-ASC has implemented four projects relating to the Accessible Canada Act (ACA).

Accessibility of New and Emerging Technologies

The project was funded in part by the Office of Consumer Affairs in the Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada. The project’s goal was to strengthen marketplace attention to Canadians with communication disabilities and remove barriers to their participation in that marketplace.

Administration of Justice: Experiences of Deaf, Deafblind and Deaf People with Additional Disabilities in Accessing the Justice System

CAD-ASC received funding from the Department of Justice program “Assistance for Victims and Survivors of Crime with Disabilities” to gather information from Deaf, DeafBlind and Deaf people who have additional disabilities, who use sign language and have had experience with the justice system. The goal of the research was to gather information about their lived experiences with the justice system. The words “lived experiences” refer to direct first-hand accounts and impressions of the individuals.

Bridge of Signs

The Bridge of Signs is a DVD program that teaches American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des Sourds du Quebec (LSQ) to children over 6 months of age and to their parents. Through step-by-step animations and video clips, simple signed concepts are illustrated. An ideal parent-child activity that can engage the entire family, the Bridge of Signs DVD can grow with your child. Begin with basic signs and work to expand vocabulary as your child matures.

Compliance in the Disability Charity Sector

The Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) led an initiative designed to help disability-sector organizations meet tax requirements more effectively. The project, called Compliance in the Disability Charity Sector, operated from December 1, 2007 to March 31, 2010. The goal of this project was to contact more than one hundred existing or aspiring charities across Canada and provide them with tools and presentations to help them work through tax and compliance issues. This project was created to serve charities that serve the needs of persons with disabilities.

Empowering Deaf Women in Canada

“Empowering Deaf Women in Canada” was a project to ensure that services provided in the fields of violence against women and health care in Canada will respond to the needs of Deaf women, that Deaf women will understand their rights and the services available, and that Deaf women can fully participate in the decision-making process.

Involvement of People with Disabilities Crucial to Success of Accessibility Technologies

Including people with disabilities in the research, development, and marketing of accessibility technologies can be the difference between the failure and success of those technologies, according to a study by the Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC).

PIPEDA – Protect Your Information

From the moment you wake up in the morning, PIPEDA protects you in ways you don’t even think about.

Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP)

The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada is working to educate families of Deaf children and Deaf parents of hearing children about the importance and advantages of a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). Through a number of initiatives, CAD-ASC is identifying needs and creating workshops and information kits about the benefit of RESP and education savings to the Deaf Community. CAD-ASC will be able to help you locate an RESP provider that will provide RESP services in a Deaf-friendly approach.

UN Convention on Disability Rights

The United Nations brings together the countries of the world to keep peace and to work together to help people, to eliminate poverty and disease, and to encourage respect for rights and freedoms.

UN Optional Protocol

The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) is pleased to announce the release of its toolkit –“Know and Achieve your Human Rights: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its Optional Protocol.”

Archival Publication Reports
The following projects were completed several years ago and are no longer active. However, the reports they created may still be available for ordering. If you are interested in purchasing them, please visit the e-store. Please note that some of the reports may be considered out of date.

  • Housing Design and Deaf People
  • PAH!-litics: Deaf and Disabled Political Participation and Activity
  • Mainstream Education and Deaf Students
  • Marshalling Crime Prevention for Deaf Seniors
  • National Multicultural Deaf Focus Group
  • New Horizons for Seniors
  • Repercussions and Transitions – Deaf Children in Childhood Learning and Care Programs
  • Deaf Child Care in Canada
  • Deaf Laws and ASL Legislation
  • The Employment and Employability of Deaf Canadians