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Individuals with hearing impairments often use some combination of lip-reading, sign language, and amplification to understand spoken information. People who are deaf from birth generally have more difficulty speaking and understanding the structure of language than those who lost their hearing later in life. In a job setting, everyday noises -- fans and lights -- that are not a bother to hearing people, may have a profound effect on the ability of people with hearing impairments.

Ability Guide

The Ability Guide was created in response to barriers identified in a report titled “The Information Gap and Other Issues Facing Job Seekers with Disabilities in Durham Region in 2003.” This report studied barriers identified by job seekers with disabilities in accessing the current service system. The largest barrier identified was the lack of information and understanding of the system. DREN has several initiatives underway to address the information barrier including the creation of this Ability Guide.

It identifies a logical and sequential process for accessing community service information for persons with disabilities. It contains disability definitions, program access process flows and contact information of all community resources for persons with disabilities in Durham. It is our hope that this guide will encourage clients to become self-sufficient in their job search and increase awareness and access to community support services.

In order to ensure that clients have up to date information, we plan to update our files and republish this guide on an ongoing basis. If you need more information, have additions, deletions or general feedback, please contact our office.