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.