Academic Upgrading for Deaf & Hard‑of‑Hearing Adults Online – Deaf Learn Now

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The first online literacy program in the world for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing adults.

The Deaf Learn Now program is also open to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing adults, and reaches students from diverse backgrounds from across Ontario, including rural and remote communities. It is run by George Brown College and funded by Employment Ontario. Our students go on to successful college programs, apprenticeships, employment and to have greater independence.

What you can expect:

  • All courses are taught in both ASL and English.
  • Courses are designed to help you improve your literacy or work readiness.  
  • Tutoring support is available by appointment.
  • You’ll gain practical skills relating to the job market, such as resume and interview skills.
  • You’ll gain useful credentials such as  the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).

Courses are designed to meet the specific needs of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students and use lots of visuals. Many of the staff are Deaf and all can communicate through ASL (American Sign Language) and English.

Register On The Deaf Learn Now Website

Who can apply

If you are age 19 or older and live in Ontario, you can apply.


Deaf Learn Now is tuition-free for Ontario residents age 19 or older. It is funded by Employment Ontario.

Program length

Students can start the program at any time and work at their own pace. Some courses may take only a few days, while others may take several weeks.

Who to talk to

Visit the Deaf Learn Now website

How to apply

Register on the Deaf Learn Now website. One of our staff will arrange a 1-1 video meeting and will discuss your learning goals. Together, we will make a learning plan that helps you reach your goals.