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The Canadian Hearing Society
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Founded in 1940, The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is the largest not-for-profit agency in Canada providing services that enhance the independence of deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people and that encourage the prevention of hearing loss. Through 28 ...
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??From left to right: Celebrating both CHS's 75th and the 10th Anniversary of the AODA are Gary Malkowski, North America's first Deaf Parliamentarian, MPP and CHS's Special Advisor to the President, Public Affairs; David C. Onley, the first Lieutenant Governor of Ontario with a physical disability; and Mark Wafer, successful hard of hearing businessman, owner of Megleen Inc. and CHS Board member.
"Employment is consistently ranked as the number one concern among persons with disabilities; this is no different for Deaf individuals," said Gary Malkowski
, North America's first Deaf Parliamentarian and MPP.
"Significant attitudinal and systemic barriers exist in the expectations, perceptions, beliefs and behaviours of employers regarding the employability and capability of individuals who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing."
Onley also publicly recognized Malkowski, now CHS's Special Advisor to the President, Public Affairs, and businessman and CHS board member Mark Wafer.
was an instrumental player in the success of the AODA, having introduced a Private member's bill for the Ontarians with Disabilities Act which led to the introduction and implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005.
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Gary Malkowski, Chair
Gary Malkowski is Special Advisor to President, Public Affairs, at The Canadian Hearing Society.
He is a part time Civic and World History teacher of deaf at the International Yeshivas High School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Toronto.
Gary is also the President of the Toronto Association of the Deaf and he is on the Board of Directors of Bell Canada Accessibility Fund (BAF).
He was the world's first elected culturally Deaf politician and the first Parliamentarian to use a signed language in the legislature.
is a provincially and nationally recognized leader in human rights, anti-discrimination, and deaf and disability advocacy work.
Mr. Malkowski has served as an advisor and a presenter to a number of government, human rights and ombudsman organizations on issues related to anti-discrimination, anti-audism and anti-ableism guidelines, policy, legislation, and regulation developments.
During his term as MPP for York East (1990-1995), he was the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship.
He was also Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and Training.
He served as a member on numerous Standing Committees, including Administration of Justice, Finance and Economic Affairs, Social Development, Resource Development, General Government and Public Accounts as well for the Select Committee on Confederation of Ontario.
In 1994, he
introduced a Private Member's bill for the Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
Gary Malkowski of the Canadian Hearing Society joining the fun
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Gary Malkowski, Secretary, is the first ever Province of Ontario deaf MPP - for York East from 1990-95.
Serving as Parliamentary Assistant and on many Standing Committees, he introduced a Private Member's bill leading to the introduction and implementation of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act of 2005 - leaving a legacy for accessibility that is recognized internationally.
Gary serves on the boards of various disability organizations and is currently working as Special Advisor to the President, Public Affairs at the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS).