About Us

Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka is a charitable, non-profit organization that works alongside culturally deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people of all ages, their families, and the community throughout the region. We work to increase access to local recreational, educational, employment, developmental, habilitational and social opportunities through direct service provision, advocacy, support and sharing of information.

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Our Philosophy

At Deaf Access we believe that everyone has the right to clear communication, and that with the right tools, techniques, services and attitudes, our community can be fully accessible and inclusive of its deaf and hard of hearing members.

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Mission

The promotion of the social, emotional, recreational, cultural, educational, and vocational welfare of its deaf and hard of hearing constituents.

 

Working alongside culturally deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people to achieve equal access to opportunities afforded to their hearing counterparts, Deaf Access addresses the broad social service needs of deaf and hard of hearing people through direct service provision, advocacy, support and dissemination of information regarding deafness to parents, professionals, consumers and the community at large.

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Values

Recognizing the diversity of the various members of the deaf and hard of hearing community, Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka believes firmly in the concept of personal choice, self-determination, and the right to receive unbiased information.

 

All persons, regardless of hearing loss, language or communication mode, race, religion, gender or age will be respected.

 

We appreciate each individual’s right to choose how and when they communicate to others about their hearing loss or cultural and linguistic preferences or identity.

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Our History

In 1984, due to the lack of services in the area for those with hearing loss, Deaf Access opened with the support of a Canada Works grant to offer part-time services to local deaf and hard of hearing residents. Within a short time, funding was received from the local United Way, and later, the Ministry of Health.

 

Originally named The Huronia Association for the Advancement of the Hearing Impaired, we were commonly known as HHI. In 2005, our agency changed its name to Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka Inc. as our staff, services and funding expanded to include offices in Barrie, Orillia, Midland and Bracebridge.

 

Deaf Access continues to be a charitable, non-profit organization that represents the needs of those living with hearing loss in this region. We have a strong team of dedicated staff and are governed by a resourceful volunteer Board of Directors, of which more than 50 % identify as culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

Get Connected

Deaf Access continues to be a charitable, non-profit organization that represents the needs of those living with hearing loss in this region. We have a strong team of dedicated staff and are governed by a resourceful volunteer Board of Directors, of which more than 50 % identify as culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

 

20 Anne Street South, Unit 9

Barrie, Ontario

L4N 2C6

 

Fax it to us at: (705) 728-7613 or email it to info@deafaccess.ca

 

Information Request Form

 

If you have any questions, or would like to speak with someone directly, please contact our Barrie office at:

 

Voice: (705) 728-3577
TTY: (705) 728-3599
FAX: (705) 728-7613
Email: info@deafaccess.ca

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Our Team

Sari Russell
Executive Director
srussell@deafaccess.ca

Christine Sutton
Interpreting & Notetaking Services Coordinator
csutton@deafaccess.ca

Sarah Major
Community Support Services Counsellor
(Barrie)
ASL Program Coordinator
smajor@deafaccess.ca

Julia Wolff
Community Support Services Associate
(Barrie)
jwolff@deafaccess.ca

Donna Burrows
Community Support Services Counsellor &
Employment Consultant
(Barrie/Orillia/Midland)
dburrows@deafaccess.ca

Yolanda Soos Anglin
Employment Consultant
ysoosanglin@deafaccess.ca

Corinna Marengere
Community Support Services Counsellor (Muskoka)
cmarengere@deafaccess.ca

Hillary Rumball
Coordinator of Family, Child & Youth Programs
hrumball@deafaccess.ca

Board of Directors
(2017-2018)

Cresteena Fernandes, President
Micheline Crocker, Vice President
Ken Bowman, Treasurer
Lucy Drebot, Secretary
Gail McCarthy
Jim Willis
Jennifer Parker
Anthony Rumolo
Mike Cyr                          Tashana Davidson

Our Funders (Past & Present)