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About About Us

About DLI

Deaf Literacy Initiative is Ontario’s umbrella organization for literacy in the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community. Our services are accessible and culturally appropriate and include: training, research, networking, and resources.

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Deaf Literacy Initiative operates with the generous support of the MLTSD: Ministry of Labour Training and Skills Development.

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Since 2021

Since 2021, There has been

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Professional Development
Project Partners
Our Team Our Team

Our Staff

Managing Director

Jeff Panasuik

Managing Director

Mark Aldrin Encarnacion

Chief Technology Officer

Mason Doiron

Legal Advisor

Jeff Pana
Plan Plan

Strategic Plan

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DLI brings together the Deaf and Deaf-Blind community through outreach and an accessible, Deaf-friendly website.

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Feedback Testimonials


""DDS is thankful for the ongoing collaboration and DLIís desire to create innovative tools and resources to enhance literacy within the Deaf community. Over the past year Jeff Panasuik has been diligent in providing training and conducting research to ensure the highest quality of service is delivered to Ontarioís Deaf stream literacy service providers. Jeff is one of the most enthusiastic and passionate people we know. Staff at Deaf Literacy Initiative and the Board of Directors are a trem"

Executive Director at Durham Deaf Services

Maggie Doherty-Gilbert

""DLI has been dedicated to including CNIB Deafblind Community Services in planning and creating a more accessible program for the Deafblind stream. Jeff is very community-minded, and we appreciate the collaboration to proactively design resources under Universal Design for Learning. We are also thankful for the information sharing and additional support from DLI and look forward to future possibilities!""

Specialist, Deafblind Literacy

Carolina Cohoon

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News & Insights

DLI Newsletter Update Jan 2023

Hello everyone!

We shared our newsletter updates last fall. From this time until today as of January 2023, amazingly there were so many event...

Information about Google Training with ASL interpretation for Literacy practitioners in Ontario


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Fall 2022 Newsletter

Hello to you all in the literacy field - learners, practitioners, managers, and LBS programs.

DLI wants to share exciting news with you all.<...

Deaf Literacy Initiative is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes Deaf and Deaf-Blind literacy in Ontario. Created in 1991, DLI is funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to provide training, research, networking and resources to Ontario’s Deaf stream literacy service providers.