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August 31, 2021

Black Deaf History in Canada: Why is there not enough?

Hosted by Ryerson University, Ryerson University School of Disability Studies

The School of Disability Studies at X University invites you to attend an online presentation and panel discussion with Dr. Jenelle Rouse and her research team titled, “Black Deaf History in Canada: Why is there not enough?” This event will explore why Black Deaf history in Canada has not been documented or discussed.

Other than Evelyne Gounetenzi’s (2015) published report Multiculturalism and the Deaf, there is no documentation on the sign languages, experiences, and history of Black Deaf Canadians.

To both document and contribute to Black Deaf history and culture, Dr. Jenelle Rouse is working with a multidisciplinary Black, Deaf-led Canadian research team on a long-term research project. For this event, the research team will present their plans and experiences on uncovering these histories, followed by a discussion and Q&A. 


There will be ASL-English interpretation and live captioning. Please contact Avital Cherniawsky (avital.cherniawsky@ryerson.ca) for access inquiries. Deaf Interpretation or LSQ interpretation requests need to be made at least 2 weeks before the event.


Ryerson University

350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3, Canada

Phone number: 416-979-5000

Ryerson University is at the intersection of mind and action. What our students learn in the classroom is enhanced by real-world knowledge and experience. We champion diversity, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Ryerson University School of Disability Studies

Disability Studies at Ryerson is the first in Canada to provide a degree education exclusively from a disability studies perspective. The program is built upon foundations of inclusion and social justice, and offers an approach that is consistent with Ryerson’s reputation for professionally relevant education. Integrating theory and practice, our students and faculty pursue scholarship that serves, shapes and animates disability movements in Canada and globally. Drawing from the work of scholars, artists and activists and building from students’ personal and professional experiences, our program engages learners in a transformative process of reflection, debate and discovery.