About DDS

Durham Deaf Services is a non-profit organization that offers services and programs that promote self-reliance within the Deaf, Deafened, and Hard of hearing Community. DDS is committed to increasing Deaf cultural awareness.

Over 35 Years in our Community

In 1980, a group of concerned people met in the St. Albert Church in Oshawa to talk about the need for Deaf Services and a Sign Language course to be offered in the area. It was from this meeting that the seeds of Durham Deaf Services, then known as the Oshawa Deaf Centre (ODC), were sown.

In 1995 the Oshawa Deaf Centre changed its name to Durham Deaf Services. Naturally, with the change in the name, came the change in mission statement:

“Durham Deaf Services Incorporated offers quality services and programs that promote self-reliance within the Deaf and Hard of hearing community.”

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Statement of Values:

In 1992, Durham Deaf Services (formerly known as Oshawa Deaf Centre) created its statement of Values. While our name changed, our values remain true today.


Durham Deaf Services is dedicated to furthering the rights of the Deaf Mosaic. Oshawa Deaf Centre understands and promotes awareness of “Deaf Mosaic” that is defined as people of all ages who are Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, oral deaf or have a hearing loss.

Self Reliance

The Deaf have the right to be independent, the right to make his/her own choices, the right to equal access so that he/she does not have to depend upon others in helping obtain access…and the right to live in dignity and pride…and to be recognized and respected as a person who is Deaf.


Durham Deaf Services is dedicated to ensuring that its services are available and accessible to meet the needs of the individual, given available resources.


We strive to perform our services in a professional manner. We value people and believe they should be treated equally and with respect.

Get in Touch Today

Durham Deaf Services

900 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1H2
Phone: (905) 579-3328 Voice/Text
Fax: (905) 728-1183                                            Email: info@durhamdeaf.org

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs
8:30 - 4:30
​Fri - Sun: closed

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