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What’s happening at Durham Deaf Services 

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

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 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

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


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Durham Deaf Services

900 King Street East
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 1H2
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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