What’s happening at Durham Deaf Services 

COVID-19 Update #14

Premier Ford has announced new restrictions for social gatherings:
10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50).
25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100).

COVID-19 Update #13

COVID-19 Supports in the Durham Region – Updated as of August 12, 2020

Please click this link for the full list: https://durhamdeaf.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Service-Update-for-August-12th.pdf  


Framework for Reopening our Province

Ontario’s plan for reopening the province done in ASL!


COVID-19 Update #12

The Durham Region has announced that starting on Friday, July 10, 2020, wearing masks in indoor public settings is now mandatory.

Some areas, where masks will be mandatory, include retail stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, places of worship, businesses providing personal care services, libraries, museums, indoor event spaces, and recreational facilities, etc.

You can wear non-medical masks or reusable cloth masks. Remember to keep social distancing and stay safe!


COVID-19 Update #11

The Federal government has announced that all seniors in Canada, who receive the Old Age Security Pension, will be receiving $300.

The Government has warned that there is also a scam going around where people are trying to email or phone you and saying you have to fill out a registration form. This is a scam – filling out a form or giving personal info is not necessary. Everything is being done automatically by the Government and seniors will receive this benefit.


COVID-19 Update #10

Here is information on 2 more scams and frauds: the Boss scam and Water Dept. scam.

Please be aware of them and stay safe.

Link to information on the “Water Dept.” scam: https://tinyurl.com/y9aeno5b


COVID-19 Update #9

There is a new text message scam that is happening during this pandemic.

Please click this link for more information: https://tinyurl.com/ya4ejzla


COVID-19 Update #8

Durham Deaf Services office will remain closed until May 31, 2020. This decision is based on expert advice from public health officials and DDS does not want to put anyone at risk of becoming infected. DDS is planning on opening the office when it is safe to do so.

We want to remind you that you can still contact DDS by phone, Skype, email, etc. You can find additional contact information and resources on our website: WWW.DURHAMDEAF.ORG as well as on our Facebook page. All of our staff continue to work from home and are available if you have any questions.  


COVID-19 Update #7

Some people have asked about cleaning products and disinfectants since President Trump made a statement.

This is dangerous and not true.

Please do not ever put cleaning chemicals into your body or use them on your skin. Please for your safety DO NOT drink or ingest any cleaning products or chemicals.

Thank you, and if you have any questions feel free to contact either me at bmushtaq@durhamdeaf.org or Stefanie Gibbons at sgibbons@durhamdeaf.org.


COVID-19 Update #6

COVID-19 Supports in the Durham Region

Please click this link for the full list: https://durhamdeaf.org/wp-content/uploads/COVID-19-Service-Update-for-April-21-2020.pdf

COVID-19 Update #5

Hello, my name is Behishta. I am a literacy instructor at Durham Deaf Services. Yesterday, Premier Ford announced that Ontario will extend the State of Emergency another 28 days due to COVID-19.

Did you know that people are not aware of the scams/frauds being used to prey on vulnerable seniors during COVID-19? I am giving you a list of 10 below:

COVID-19 Update #4

Hello, my name is Behishta. I am a literacy instructor at DDS. Today I am giving you an update about Canadian Hearing Services (CHS) regarding Video Remote Interpreting (VRI).

What is VRI? Video Remote Interpreting enables communication for Deaf and hard of hearing people through video.

For safety reasons, Interpreters are not meeting with Deaf individuals in person. Interpreters will stay home and will connect with Deaf clients via video.

You can connect to VRI using phones, IPAD, computer or tablets.  When can you use VRI? When you are going to the family doctor’s office, dentist, hospital or police station.

How does it work? Deaf clients have to ask their Doctor to give them their email for VRI to send the Doctor the link. The Doctor can open it for deaf clients to see the interpreter. The Doctor will communicate with you and the interpreter. It is very confidential.

CHS only hires professional interpreters who have past skills-based screening. They keep all information confidential and WILL NOT share with anyone else. They want to provide you services in the safest possible way.

You can also contact CHS VRI for mental health, contacting police about an emergency, and much more. The CHS website (www.chs.ca) will have up to date information.

For requesting interpreting services: you can contact vri@chs.ca for any appointments.

For emergency interpreting services: you can contact urgent@chs.ca.

Thank you, and a reminder that if you have any questions feel free to contact either me at bmushtaq@durhamdeaf.org or Stefanie Gibbons at sgibbons@durhamdeaf.org. 

COVID-19 Update #3

Durham Deaf Services will not open on Monday, April 6

The instructors in the literacy program have contacted all of the students in the program. Students in the literacy program are encouraged to contact Stefanie or Behishta if you have questions, need support, or to clarify information that you don’t understand.

If there are any individuals in the community who are deaf and need assistance with any forms or understanding regarding COVID-19, please contact Stefanie Gibbons at sgibbons@durhamdeaf.org.

We ask you to keep checking our Facebook page for updates as well as our DDS website. Our staff is available to members of the deaf community in the Durham Region. If you wish to contact us, you can send an email to info@durhamdeaf.org or if you check our Facebook page you will see other ways to contact us, for example, Glide or Skype.

Premier Doug Ford is posting announcements with ASL interpretation. These announcements will keep you up-to-date as to the government’s position on physical distancing/social distancing. It is still important for everyone to stay home. Please make sure that you wash your hands on a regular basis and do not touch your face, etc. If you have to go out please maintain a 6 foot or 2-metre distance between you and the next person. The only way that we will contain the spread of this virus is if we stay home. More information and updates of stats can be found on the government’s website for COVID-19. 

The Premier of Ontario Doug Ford has announced a state of emergency where only essential services are to remain open. The state of emergency is in effect until Monday, April 13.


COVID-19 Update #2

Effective March 18, 2020, DDS will be closed until further notice.

Durham Deaf Services has made the decision to close our office in order to best protect the health and well-being of our community.

With the current information provided regarding the COVID-19 virus, Durham Deaf Services will be temporarily closing to align with efforts to slow down the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of our community members.

COVID-19 is a serious threat to the safety of our community, and we believe it is in all of our best interests to close our office.  Our priority is our community’s safety.

Our staff will be working remotely and will be responding to emails.

You can contact us via phone or email.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. Please stay safe during this difficult time.

We will ensure that regular updates are posted on the DDS website and all our social media to keep everyone informed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 905 579-3328 (voice/TTY) or info@durhamdeaf.org.

COVID-19 Update #1

COVID-19 Precautions – Announcement #1 March 16, 2020

In order to protect the health and safety of Durham Deaf Services Community – the students in our literacy program our stakeholders, staff, the Deaf community, volunteers, and the community at large, Durham Deaf Services is taking the following precautionary measures:

We are asking you to limit coming to the Durham Deaf Service office for the next few weeks.

We can connect by phone or by email.

We are cancelling or postponing the following events, workshops, gatherings, and large meetings:

Children Easter Event is cancelled

Curling Bonspiel is cancelled

Deaf Adult Upgrading Program – Literacy Classes are postponed until April 6, 2020

Oshawa Deaf Seniors is postponed until further notice

Durham Deaf Club has cancelled their event at DDS

ASL Classes are postponed till further notice (we will contact students to update them regarding classes)

We understand that this may pose an inconvenience to the Deaf community, volunteers, students, families, and friends, but rest assured these measures are taken to protect all those whom we serve and those who are serving.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at 905 579-3328 (voice/TTY) or info@durhamdeaf.org.


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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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