Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Canada 150 - Ontario Institutes for Deaf, Mute and Blind

During our country's 150th anniversary celebration of confederation I will write posts titled Canada 150 with a link to a publication or website I find that may help you tell the story of your Canadian ancestors.
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Today I have for you...

Ontario Institute for the Deaf and Dumb

1906 Convention of Graduates

In June of 1906 a Convention of Graduates was held at the Ontario Institute for the Deaf and Dumb. Many former pupils attended and a list of names, where they were from and their current occupation, was published in the Ontario Sessional Papers for 1907 by the Department of Education.

The Education minister's report on the Institute for the Deaf starts on page 411 and you can see names of staff and teachers, courses taught, etc. There are portraits of four students who won medals. 

There are also names of students registered for 1906, and those that took examinations in Articulation classes, with their age and their marks. See links below.

Ontario Institute for the Blind

In the same Sessional Papers is a report on the Institute for the Education of the Blind which starts on page 330

Scrolling through you will see names of students registered, names of students who passed their exams successfully and names of teachers and staff.

Relevant Links

1 comment:

  1. I have been thinking about this topic a lot lately. I started losing my hearing at about 17 years old after having red measles. By my 30's I was wearing hearing aids and needed them earlier. I'm now in my early 70's and had a cochlear implant in 2004 and the other side in 2012. Of course I have always been part of the hearing community, although at times in a very limited way. I can't really imagine what it would have been like to be so isolated in those days from society at large.


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