Accessibility and inclusion are important to us all. Kim Neeson has created a 1.5 hour program, eligible for 1.5 LSO hours EDI Professionalism Hours, for lawyers, law clerks or staff who interact with the public. Over 10% of Canada’s population has a hearing loss of some kind, and the statistics will only rise as the population ages.

hard of hearing

One size does not fit all.

There are many types of hearing loss, from mild to complete deafness. What services each consumer requires will differ. For example, an adult who recently lost their hearing will not be able to use sign language, but will require voice-to-text captioning. This seminar will cover the needs and requirements of all hearing loss individuals, and explore the obligations to provide accommodation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) in the legal context.


  • Who are the people with a hearing loss?

An exploration of the differences between Deaf, late deafened

and hard of hearing individuals. Within the justice system:

clients, accused, witnesses, jurors, lawyers, paralegals, legal

staff. 10% of the Canadian population suffers from a hearing


  • Using the right tools for specific hearing loss clients

Sign language? Notetaking? Realtime captioning? Live or over

the internet? Lipreading? French or English?

  • Demonstration of realtime captioning with interactive mock discovery

How do you effectively use realtime captioning with clients,

including all aspects of communication

  • Discussion of real life examples of access in the courtroom

Various scenarios for accessibility will be described, drawing

from real life experiences of Neesons’ captioners.

  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

What are the duties to accommodate under the AODA?

  • Q&A session on how to provide accessibility

To book a presentation time with Kim Neeson for you and your team, please email Kim. Our next available dates begin in June 2019.