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In American Sign Language “PAH” means “finally”, or “Success at last”. We are proud of the visual and theater arts projects that have been created along with the development of quality educational programs run under the auspice of the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf. Many of our achievements can be viewed online or at the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE. Together we can make a difference as we strive to increase literacy and employment opportunities to truly be identified as contributing and valued members of communities across Canada.

We are humbled and grateful for the support and enthusiasm we receive to do inspiring works in sign language. This is only the beginning of great things yet to come. Many thanks to the Government of Canada, our corporate and community sponsors, and to all of you who give what you can help us achieve an inclusive cultural space for learning at the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE.

Since its inception, The Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (CCSD) has had a consistent track record of excellence.  The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE, a project of CCSD is no exception to this record of excellence!

In 1998, CCSD established the Deaf Heritage Project led by Joanne Cripps and Anita Small, Co-Directors of the DEAF CULTURE CENTRE.


  • 2007 The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE with Quadrangle Architects was selected winner of the Best of Canada Design Competition Award


  • 2005 World Summit Award (WSA), international award for best e-content and creativity, e-inclusion category for website and TV production
  • 2005 Gemini Award nominee for best interactive TV/website production
  • 2005 Gemini Award nominee for most popular website
  • 2004 Grand Finalist, NHK Japan Prize, a prestigious international web prize for
  • 2004 Gemini Award nominee, one of the five best interactive TV/website productions
  • 2004 Nominated one of the top 10 finalists for Most Popular Website, Gemini Awards

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  • 2007 ASL Eye Spy Handshapes for young children and their parents, CCSD and OCSD
  • 2006 The Smart Princess, and other Deaf tales are short stories written by Deaf children, Second Story Press
  • 2002 Association of Canadian Studies Award for Canadian Dictionary of ASL
  • 2002 Four University of Alberta Press Awards for Canadian Dictionary of ASL
  • 2000 Our Choice Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, for best children’s literature for River of Hands
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