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Tuesday November 1st, 2011

Posted at 11:15am

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The Deaf Literacy Program at Windsor Public Library will officially launch tomorrow morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 am followed by an Open House scheduled until 4:30 pm. The program is housed at the Canadian Hearing Society offices located at 300 Giles Boulevard East.

“The role of libraries in building strong and healthy communities is a concept we believe in strongly at Windsor Public Library.  Many gravitate to the library as their primary resource for information and now with the launch of our Deaf Literacy Program, we have the opportunity to provide and support accessible services to a specific segment of the community,” says Adult Literacy Coordinator Christine Dean. “Books, close-captioned signed videos and access to computers can make a big difference in the lives of the Deaf Community.

The Windsor Public Library’s Deaf Literacy Program began as an effort to provide quality literacy services to a growing Deaf community. We offer small group literacy instruction in addition to providing traditional library and information services to fill a gap in this particular service.”

Windsor Public Library Board Chairperson Al Maghnieh remarks  “We serve the entire population and this program is another demonstration of our commitment and obligation to provide service to those members of the community who require specific and particular support.”

The program,which is funded by Employment Ontario, provides literacy classes for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing adults.

The program is open Monday through Friday and provides classes in ASL to help develop skills in reading, writing, math, computers and more.

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