Edmonton Literacy Programs

Connect Society’s Literacy Program offers adult and family literacy programs to individuals who are Deaf or have a child with a hearing loss

Family Literacy Programs

The Family Literacy Program provides home and centre based activities that promote early literacy and social interaction skills for children. A resource lending library is available to parents. All family literacy groups are run without any cost to the families participating thanks to our funding from Advanced Education.


Register for the Lunch and Learn Program Here:





This is a fun family literacy program for parents and their children! Families learn together in sessions that include stories, songs, play and learning and activity centres. Sessions will include oral rhymes, ASL Parent-child mother goose rhymes, and parenting topics that are designed to strengthen parent relationships with their children and provide skills to help them assist their children’s communication and literacy. This 11 week program will start with parent child playtime and end with children in a nearby but separate area while parents have opportunities to learn about many topics relating to parenting literacy and deafness.

Registration will be ongoing throughout the year and the program will run fall, winter and spring.

ASL Parent-Child Mother Goose rhymes focus on language interaction using American Sign Language (ASL) handshapes, rhymes, and visual poetry.  It uses the principles of the Mother Goose Program to foster parent child bonding, eye contact, language interaction and communication.

This program is specifically designed for Deaf and hard of hearing parents or parents whose children are deaf or learning ASL.

Register for the Parent-Child Learn and Play Program Here:



This class gives parents a chance to learn signs that are useful in daily life. Children will be in a separate, but close classroom having fun while learning sign language through play.

When:          Saturdays: Oct 20, Nov 24, Dec 8, Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 16, Apr 27, May 25, Jun 15 @ 10:00am – 11:30am

Where:        Connect Society Gym and Speech room

Cost:           FREE! Space is limited to 10 families so register early

Michelle Lovelock (Instructor)

Register for the Family ASL Class Here:




Adult Literacy Programs

Adult Literacy programs support adult learners to gain foundational skills and improve their literacy skills.  All Adult literacy groups are offered at a low cost to the adults participating thanks to our funding from Advanced Education.


What:   Connect Society Literacy Program offers a collective kitchen specifically designed for Deaf and Hard of Hearing adults. Interpreting will be provided for those who require it but if additional supports are needed please ensure they are in place. This group meets twice a month to cook healthy meals together. We will be cooking 2 main dishes and a dessert or muffins each session.

When:   Tuesday October 9th, 23rd, November 6th, 20th and Christmas baking November 27th @ 4:00-6:00

Where: Alberta School for the Deaf – 6240 – 113 Street

Cost:    $6.00 each – money will be due before each cooking day

Register for the Connect Cooks Collective Kitchen Program Here:



This class will prepare you to write your Learner’s Licence exam. Adults interested in learning the information in the manual for the Class 7 Learners Licence can participate in a classroom environment, learning through activities, visuals, and discussions. It is taught in ASL by an experienced instructor.

This class runs yearly, typically in the spring.

Contacting the Program

Marilyn Calkins

Marilyn Calkins

Literacy Coordinator


Contact Marilyn:

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We would love to hear from you! Below you will find contact information for Connect Society. Feel free to contact us either by phone, e-mail, or through our online contact form at the bottom of this page.


Reception Hours

Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

General Inquiries

Edmonton (780) 454-9581
Calgary (403) 828-1937


Edmonton (587) 921-3478
Calgary (403) 828-1937

(780) 447-5820

Edmonton Address

6240 – 113 Street

Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 3L2

Calgary Address

4631 85 Street NW

Calgary, Alberta  T3B 2R8

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