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A wonderful evening at ALSO’s Banned Book Night

Thank you to everyone who supported ALSO’s First Annual Banned Book Night. It was a huge success. So much so that we are already talking about next year’s event. We had a request to post the list of banned books that the authors read from. Here you go. Frances Itani read from A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence Claude Lalumiere read from The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad Dan Rubenstein read from The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie Brenda Gayle read from Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls & Women Jennifer Carole Lewis […]

Raising a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child

Hands and Voices Canada posted a very interesting article on their website. Please take a moment to read. You Can’t Possibly Provide Support Without Bias

Survey for families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing children

Silent Voice is a not-for-profit charitable organization that offers community and family-based support to Deaf children and adults in American Sign Language (ASL). They provide social-recreational programs in ASL for Deaf children and their hearing brothers and sisters. Silent Voice has been contacted about the possibility of running a one-week day camp in the city of Ottawa for children age 6-14. They are currently conducting a parent/guardian survey for families who want to send their children to camp in Ottawa. If you are a family that has Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and hearing siblings, please take a few […]

A Souperb Donation!

Before various holidays during the year, Cordon Bleu generously donates soup to the ALSO program to allow everyone to enjoy a delicious meal over the holidays and to support food security in Ottawa neighbourhoods where it’s most needed. Take a look at some of our students receiving their soup in time for the Easter weekend in April. Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute is Canada’s only campus for Le Cordon Bleu.  Every year, students from all over the world, representing more than 100 nationalities, attend our campus to share a common bond in their passion for pastry and […]

Free Online learning opportunities with Deaf Learn Now

Deaf Learn Now is a tuition free, online program run by George Brown College for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults who live in Ontario, Canada. There are a range of courses available from English and Mathematics courses to a G1 Driver’s Licence course. One of the newly added courses is WHMIS 2017. If you would like to register for this WHMIS course – visit If you need any information or assistance with any of the Deaf Learn Now online programs, email Sonia Proulx-Prusin at

ASL RAPP Featured Storybook: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

On our ASL RAPP family resource website, we have many classic children’s books for viewing. Here is a review of one of them: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. This is a great book for young children of all ages. Babies and toddlers enjoy the bold colours and animal shapes. Beginning readers quickly pick up on the pattern of the book and are often able to predict what animal comes next after only a short time. The rhythm of the question and answer pattern of this book is shown in the way […]

ASL RAPP promotional video

Check out the promotional video just launched on our YouTube channel to publicize our new ASL RAPP web portal.

New ASL website up and running

The fresh, innovative ASL RAPP website ( went live this week as it was officially launched at the ALSO AGM on October 25th. A one-of-its-kind resource, this website is sure to be a wonderful resource for families as they develop their ASL communication skills.