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While literacy is a right for everyone, many struggle throughout life without basic reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy skills. This journey does not have to be undertaken alone. There are many organizations around the city to aid Torontonians in their pursuit of a literate life.
For our 2016 festival, we partnered with seven groups to program the Learning Tent, a venue for family-oriented activities.
PAL-Reading Services is a Toronto-based non-profit organization serving the print-challenged community. Since 1975, our volunteers have provided free voice audio recordings of thousands of written texts for individuals who had no other way of accessing them.
Canada's original literacy organization, Frontier College recruits and trains volunteers to deliver programs to children, youth and adults in communities across Canada. Founded in 1899, our programs have helped millions of Canadians improve their literacy skills and provide the confidence they need to reach their full potential. www.frontiercollege.ca
ONBIDA, the Ontario branch of the International Dyslexia Association, is a scientific and educational organization committed to the study and treatment of the specific learning disability, dyslexia, as well as other language-based learning differences. ONBIDA provides essential information, scholarships, and educational programs to families and professionals who seek help for children with reading difficulties.
The Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf (OCSD) works to promote Deaf culture and Deaf heritage in Ontario. OCSD supports and promotes Deaf people’s contributions to the fields of art, drama and literature; strengthens family ties between parents and their Deaf child; and increases opportunities for the formal study of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture.
Founded in 1975, Silent Voice serves Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families, in ASL, providing sports, recreation, and leadership programming; ASL instruction to families with a Deaf child; Sign Language Summer Camp; 1:1 support; housing centre; tax clinic; parenting program; Deaf Financial Literacy program and settlement services.
Story Planet is a creative non-profit that strives to empower young Torontonians to tell their stories. Our professional artists and writers facilitate experiences that inspire confidence and skill in storymaking and sharing. Through stories, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, others, and our world.
Vallum Society for Education in Arts & Letters is a charity committed to literary education. VSEAL’s goal is to encourage and support poets at all stages of their career, while offering tools to the public for a better understanding and appreciation of literature and poetry.