Deaf Adult Upgrading Program

Stefanie Gibbons

Literacy Coordinator 


Our Deaf Adult Upgrading Program (DAUP) is hosted all year long and reflects the Ontario Adults Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) six competencies plus improves knowledge, attitudes and behaviors for the work place provided in American Sign Language (ASL) to individuals that are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.



Behishta Mushtaq

Literacy Practioner

Our Philosophy

The Deaf Adult Upgrading program (DAUP) philosophy and approach is bi-lingual and bi-cultural. Learners in DAUP will build literacy skills in both American Sign Language and English. Adult literacy learning is different than traditional formal educational environments. We take a pragmatic and realistic approach to learning independence and employment skills. Our program is funded by MTCU (Ministry of training, Colleges, and Universities), and those enrolling in our program will learn applicable knowledge for their everyday lives. Learning is most effective when practitioners implement and develop learning plans that are creative and match the needs of individual learners.



DAUP provides individuals with essential employment, independence and post-secondary literacy skills. Our program focuses on improving the learner's ability to read and understand language related to everyday literacy. Majority of our learners are culturally Deaf, and newcomers to Canada with limited English and ASL skills. DAUP does work closely with Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) Employment Service for any upcoming workshops and "walk-in" support with their employment consultant. 


1) Must be 18 to enter the program

2) Must pass intial assessment

3) Must be Ontario resident, have Canadian citizenship, Permanent Resident status, visitor's visa or a study permit

4) Must be able to set an employment or independence goal

5) Must be able to carry out the goals set in training plan

To learn more about OALCF and our available classes,

click the appropriate button below.

What is Literacy?

Traditionally Literacy has meant the ability to read and write. In the modern day we have expanded the meaning to include the ability to use numeracy, images, language, computers, and other basics means to understand, communicate, gain useful knowledge, solve mathematical problems and use the dominant symbol systems of a culture.

Learn more about Literacy and what it means in the video to the left.

Deaf Literacy Initiative has many essential resources for literacy learning. Access them here.


Looking for a LBS or LINC program? See what programs are available here.


Video provided by Deaf Literacy Initiative

Social Enterprise


Social enterprise gives learners the opportunity to participate in a project that is bigger than themselves. To develop a business project and see how their skills can be valued, how their involvement matters. As a team, learners begin to develop a business project that benefits their community and themselves as well.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

We provide accessible WHMIS traning workshops to provide learners crucial workplace and WHMIS information.

A previous workshop was held for elder abuse. To learn more about elder abuse, click the button below.




Registration Form

If you are interested in participating in our programs, fill out the information below.


Find Us

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 AM- 4.30 PM

Friday - Sunday: Closed

900 King Street East

Oshawa, Ontario

L1H 1H2

Voice: (905) 579-3328
Fax: (905) 728-1183
ASL: Please contact us via VRS

© 2020 Durham Deaf Services

This program is funded in part by the Government of Ontario

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