COVID-19 Resources in American Sign Language

This page provides accurate, reliable and up-to-date COVID-19 resources to the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Ottawa. For resources in Langue des signes québécoise please go to the French webpage.

Ottawa’s Health is in Your Hands

Practice Physical Distancing

Mandatory Mask Video 

What is Self-isolation?

Shopping Etiquette

Take Care of Your Mental Health 

How to Access the Distress Centre of Ottawa

Canada VRS is a telecommunication service that allows Deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired Canadians to make telephone calls using internet and cell phone-based technologies. VRS callers are connected with a sign language interpreter, over video, who provides real time interpretation for telephone calls. An individual could use VRS to place a call to the Distress Centre simply by using their VRS application and dialing the Distress Centre’s phone number.

The Distress Centre of Ottawa can be reached at:
Distress: 613-238-3311
Crisis: 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991


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