Support and Advocacy
Alberta Hands and Voices
Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing without bias towards communication modes or educational methodology. This parent-driven non-profit organization provides families with the resources, networks, and information to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children. Outreach activities, parent/professional collaboration, and advocacy efforts are focused on enabling Deaf and hard-of-hearing children to reach their highest potential.
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA)
CHHA is the national voice of all hard of hearing Canadians. It is a non-profit, self-help, bilingual consumer organization run by and for persons who are hard of hearing. The philosophy of CHHA is to produce knowledgeable hard of hearing consumers who advocate to have their hearing needs met. Its mission is to raise public awareness concerning issues that are important for persons who are hard of hearing, to promote their integration in Canadian society, to remove any barriers to their participation and to generally make every community in Canada a better place for persons who are hard of hearing.
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association: Calgary Branch
CHHA-Calgary is the Calgary Branch of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA). CHHA, formed in 1982, is a non-profit, self-help consumer organization, which is the national voice of all Canadians who are hard of hearing. Like its parent organization, CHHA-Calgary is formed by, and for, Calgarians who are hard of hearing, to promote self-help and public awareness of hearing loss.
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association: Edmonton Branch
CHHA-Ed is a branch of the bilingual Canadian Hard of Hearing Assocation (CHHA/AMEC). Initially formed in 1993 to give visibility to an invisible disability, CHHA-Ed is comprised of a dedicated group of hard of hearing and late deafened volunteers whose primary purpose is to educate the public, promote awareness, provide support and information, share experiences, and provide an understanding of hearing-related issues.
Cochlear Implant Support Group (Calgary)
The Cochlear Implant “Coffee Chat” Support Group meets monthly on Saturday afternoons. The purpose of these gatherings is to give cochlear implant recipients and those considering a cochlear implant an opportunity to meet with other implant recipients and their friends and family. They discuss problems and successes, as well as how to improve our abilities to hear with our implants through practice and other assistive devices. Occasionally speakers or present on topics of interest. For more information, including meeting dates and times, please contact Sonja by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (403 455 3962-voice).
Last September, the Minister of Seniors and Housing appointed Dr. Sheree Kwong-See, one of Canada’s foremost experts in aging, as the Seniors Advocate for Alberta for a three-year term.
The Office of the Seniors Advocate:
- provides information and resolution support to senior Albertans, their families and caregivers;
- identifies trends and systemic issues impacting seniors; and
- makes recommendations to the Government of Alberta for improvements to seniors services and programs.
When seniors, their families or caregivers contact the Office, they are linked with a knowledgeable Seniors Advocate Representative who works with them to help resolve issues, provide information or referrals and follows up to ensure they have the information they need.
The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached by Voice: 780-644-0682, TDD/TTY: 1-844-392-9025 (toll free) or Email: email@example.com.
Listening and Spoken Knowledge Language Centre
While this organization is based in the United States, they provide excellent information on hearing loss in children in particular, including what to do if you suspect your child has a hearing loss and speech and language development issues that can accompany hearing loss. Information and resources for parents, teachers, and other professionals are also provided.
SayWhatClub is an on-line group of circa 400 late-deafened, hard of hearing and Deaf adults and other interested people who provide support and encouragement to each other through e-mail. Our goal is to provide a friendly, good-humored place to exchange conversation, information, advice, deep thoughts, humor, tall tales, and chit-chat. Members get to know each other and develop an on-line “community feeling.”