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Deaf Adult Upgrading Program

DDS provides a literacy program in American Sign Language for Deaf adults who want to improve their literacy skills in the following areas: reading, writing, numeracy/math, computers, and employment preparation.


What first made me decide to come to DDS was when I saw a flyer. I asked a friend and they told me to come to DDS. I thought I would join for Wednesdays only at the beginning. I loved classes so much that I became a full time student taking all that DDS offered. I love the culinary classes offered best. I learn how to cook. I also love the business project, creating items to sell with the class. I have told other friends to come to DDS like my friend told me. My best experience has been socializing with other Deaf like myself. DDS has helped me improve to better prepare for employment with my math and English skills as well helped me with working with computers.

Karen Davies

I’m retired I didn’t think there was a way for me to continue learning. My sister told me about Durham Deaf Services. I had yet to move to Durham when she told me, but I’m glad I came once I moved to Oshawa. I still had a strong desire to learn. Now I feel confident with my English communication. My daughter even made comment about how my English has improved during our text conversations. DDS has aided me to communicate better for my daily life as well given me a place to continue to keep my learning and mind fresh. I still have lots to learn even though I’m retired. I enjoy classes here.

Irene Whalen

I felt awkward and unsure of myself before joining DDS. I needed to learn as I struggled with school growing up. I didn’t have the opportunity to go to school like others. My education was very low, I didn’t know or understand English, finances or budgeting. DDS is the best for me! The skills offered are important to me and I like the staff here. I get the information in ASL. My biggest success that makes me very proud is that I was able to independently take the Durham region transit. I was scared to navigate the city bus system. I now daily transfer different busses to come to class and get around the city. DDS you’ve helped me to improve my skills for day to day living. I’m getting closer to my goal of living independently and have a place all my own. Thank you so much.

Charlene Lyttleton

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Durham Deaf Services

750 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1G9
Phone: (905) 579-3328 Voice/TTY
Fax: (905) 728-1183

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

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