The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story will be offering two ASL interpreted performances in December.

(ASL interpretation for 4:30pm matinee performance)

(ASL interpretation for 7:30pm evening performance)

Suggested Donation:

$20 adults / $5 children (17 & under)

(a collection will be taken, or you may donate via booking system).

Seating is general admission.

The church is wheelchair accessible.

  • If you require wheelchair seating, please select the Wheelchair Reservations.

  • If you or someone in your party is deaf and you would like seating reserved near the sign language interpreter, please select the ASL Reservations.

2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities Toronto Event

Save the Day, 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities Toronto Event

Please join us on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 2 – 4 p.m. for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities event focusing on employment.

Location: Metro Hall, 55 John St., Rooms 308 and 309, Toronto

Program includes:

Main speakers – 2 pm

Susan Picarello, Assistant Deputy Minister (Ontario), Accessibility and Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities
Barbara ShulmanHR Director, Strategic Recruitment, Compensation & Employment Services, City of Toronto

A panel of employment agencies and employers – 2:20 pm

Career Edge, Chimp Treats, Canadian Hearing Society, D.I.C.E. Assessment & Employment Counselling Services, Magnet, St. Stephen’s, Sodexo, and Toronto District School Board

Networking with employment agencies – 3:20 pm

Career Edge, Christian Horizons, Canadian Hearing Society, Community Living, Ontario Disability Support Plan, Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy, Toronto District School Board

ASL, captioning, personal support workers, volunteers and refreshments will be provided

Collaborating planning organizations: AEBC, Balance, CHS, CILT, CNIB, CWDO, Magnet, NEADS

Please RSVP by emailing or calling 647-947-9022

Grant Writing Workshops and Mentorships for Deaf Artists

Grant Writing Workshops and
Mentorships for Deaf Artists

Plus other supports and resources for
Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

grant writing workshops and mentorship opportunities;
granting programs for Deaf artists and artists with disabilities;
funding for application accessibility support;
funding for project accessibility support; and
OAC’s Inclusive Application Process policy.
Workshop and Mentorship Opportunities

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) is pleased to partner with Anita Small from Small Language Connections and Joanne Cripps from the Deaf Culture Centre for grant writing workshops and mentorship sessions for Deaf artists.

The workshops will cover a number of topics on how to prepare an OAC grant application, including:

how to describe an artistic vision;
how to detail the activities;
how to prepare a balanced budget;
how to prepare a resume and biography;
how to provide strong artistic support material.
The workshops will be followed by one-on-one mentorship sessions to help Deaf artists develop their grant writing skills and assist with the grant application process.

Workshops will be in ASL.

Workshop – Part One

Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario

Workshop – Part Two

(Attendance at Workshop – Part One is required)
Friday, December 1, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ontario Arts Council
121 Bloor Street East, 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario

Additional workshops for Deaf artists will be offered in spring 2018.


Follow up one-on-one mentorships provided to workshop attendees by Anita Small. Details will be available at the workshop.


Spaces are limited. Please indicate any accessibility needs or dietary restrictions when you register.

Register by contacting:
Habibah Haque
Program Administrator
416-961-1660, ext. 5081
1-800-387-0058, ext. 5081

Granting Programs for Deaf Artists and Artists with Disabilities

The OAC has a number of granting programs that were created specifically to meet the needs of artists who are Deaf or have a disability.

Deaf and Disability Arts Projects
Deaf and Disability Arts: Materials for Visual Artists
Third Party Recommender programs

Tangled Art + Disability are an external recommender accepting applications for Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators and Exhibition Assistance. Artists apply to theatre companies, galleries and organizations designated as recommenders for these programs. Recommenders assess applications and make funding decisions.

Deaf artists, artists with disabilities, and Deaf and disability arts organizations are also eligible to apply to all other OAC programs.

Funding for Application Accessibility Support

Applicants who need support to complete their grant applications can apply for funds to cover the costs of assistance from service providers. Up to $500 is available per eligible applicant per fiscal year. You should request this funding from the program officer or program administrator of the program or OAC’s information services coordinator at least six weeks before the granting program deadline.

Funding for Project Accessibility Support

When making a grant application for a project, you can also include the cost of any accessibility expenses associated with the project. Individual artists, ad hoc groups/collectives with one or more members who are Deaf or who have a disability, and incorporated organizations that have a mandate to serve Deaf artists and artists with disabilities and are disability-led can request this fund.

Eligible expenses include costs for making a project accessible to the artist(s) involved, audiences, participants or learners, but do not include capital costs or accessibility supports needed for day-to-day living.

You can contact the Program Officer or Program Administrator of the program that you applied to, or OAC’s Information Service Coordinator, if you need to make a request after already having submitted your project application.

Inclusive Application Process Policy

The OAC has an Inclusive Application Process Policy which allows Deaf applicants or applicants with a disability to make use of an alternate form or process when submitting their application.

If you require an alternate application process, please contact the program administrator of the granting program you wish to apply to no later than two weeks (preferably four weeks) in advance of the deadline as some formats may not be immediately available.

You are cordially invited to join us for the first production of Theatre @ York’s 2017-18 season, Post National, a new work devised by students under the mentorship of a trio of remarkable artists from Volcano, Toronto’s world renowned boundary pushing theatre company – director Ross Manson, writer/dramaturg Deborah Pearson and choreographer Kate Alton.

Post National opens Tuesday, November 21. Showtime is 7:30 pm. The performance takes place in the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre in the Centre for Film & Theatre at York University’s Keele campus.

You may reserve two complimentary tickets for the opening night performance on Tuesday, November 21 via our online box office with promo code open1-2. Or you may email your request to with the subject line “Post National opening night comp tickets”.  Please contact if you are having any issues with the online ticketing site. Seating is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you are unable to use your complimentary tickets for opening night but would like to see the show on another date, please contact Mary Pecchia, Please note the ASL Interpreted Performance on Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30pm and Relaxed Performance on Thursday, November 23 at 7:30pm

We look forward to seeing you opening night.

Sean Berdy’s Public Appearance in Toronto

Forwarded on behalf of: George Brown College’s ASL club & University of Toronto’s ASL club

You might know Sean better as his “Deaf James Dean” character, Emmett, he played on “Switched at Birth”. As you may be aware, in addition to being a talented actor, Sean is also a phenomenal motivational speaker. He has an event at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus next Saturday night, November the 18th.

Please contact event organisation directly.  


ASL Interpretation for Toronto Arts Council’s Grants Information Session.

Registration is now open for our upcoming grants information session on December 14th, 2017 at Xpace Cultural Centre.The info session will be geared to visual artists and will be led by TAC Visual/Media Arts Officer Peter Kingstone.

Two ASL interpreters will be present, and a number of spaces will be reserved for people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Please share this information with your networks.

For more information: