Experiences of Deaf people with the justice system

Share your Thoughts

About the Project

Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) has received funding from the Federal Department of Justice. The goal of our project is to gather information from D/deaf, deaf-blind, and deaf people who have additional disabilities, about their experiences with the justice system, which includes the police, lawyers, courts, prisons, halfway houses, social workers, and/or parole officers.

Goal of the project

We want to gather your stories and experiences so that we can identify the problems with the current system, and to develop strategies that can make the judicial system more accessible.

Who can participate in this project?

• D/deaf, deaf-blind, and deaf people who have additional disabilities.

• Hearing people working in the Canadian judicial system

• Canadian resident

• 18 years or older

How to participate

1) Participate in our Survey NOW anytime: Start HERE

2) Focus group in five Canadian cities (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Fredericton). Email us if you want to participate.

3) One-to-one interviews. Email us if you want to participate

Is the information confidential?

Yes, all of your information will be gathered anonymously.


If you are interested in to participate in our research project.

Please contact our project coordinator:

Debra Russell drussell@ualberta.ca

Who are the researchers?

Dr. Patrick Boudreault

Gallaudet University

Dr. Cathy Chovaz

King’s University College

Dr. Debra Russell

University of Alberta