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Thank you to RBC Foundation for their donation.   Recently updated !

Over the previous few years, ALSO has been supported through financial support from the annual Bon Appetit Ottawa event. Unfortunately, the event was not held in 2017 due to all the Canada 150 celebrations. RBC Foundation stepped forward into the breach and donated $1,500 to ALSO to help support some of our programs. Thanks to RBC Foundation for their generosity and community support.

Starbucks making improvements in the workplace.

Starbucks coffee shops are aiding communication in the workplace for Deaf employees. Find out more in this article about how Starbucks is helping to open communication channels between its Deaf baristas and customers in the U.S.

Donation to ALSO from the Library Association of the National Capital Region

ALSO recently received a generous donation from the Library Association of the National Capital Region (LANCR). The Library Association of the National Capital Region is a local independent library association focusing on social networking and professional development. Their members include librarians, library technicians, information specialists, students, and both new and retired professionals. Earlier this fall, LANCR voted to be dissolved as a membership-based association. As part of this dissolution process, the executive decided to donate the remainder of their funds to two local literacy organisations, ALSO and Twice Upon a Time.  Here Kim Oastler (Executive Director) is seen receiving the […]


Please join us for ALSO’s Annual General Meeting. The event will be held at Turkish Village Restaurant, located at 2095 St. Joseph Blvd in Orleans on Nov 7th from 6.30 – 8pm. If you plan on attending, can you please RSVP Kim at 613-233-8660 or

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 […]