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Canadian Hearing Society and Uber Canada Partner to Promote Accessibility

Outline: Uber Canada and Canadian Hearing Society announce formal partnership to expand employment opportunities and accessibility for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing across Canada.

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The new partnership, announced today at CHS's International Week of the Deaf event "Creating an Accessible World," includes:

Uber Technologies Inc. is an American international transportation network company headquartered in San Francisco, California. The company develops, markets and operates the Uber mobile app, which allows consumers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to Uber drivers who use their own cars. Uber's pricing is similar to that of metered taxis, although all hiring and payment is handled exclusively through Uber and not with the driver personally.

Driving with Uber enables drivers to be their own boss and access a flexible work schedule while driving their own vehicle. Since Uber launched innovative features for Deaf and hard of hearing driver-partners last year, including flashing trip requests and text-only communication with riders, hundreds of people within the Deaf and hard of hearing communities have been driving for Uber in cities across Canada.

"At Uber, we work to promote social inclusion and to make economic opportunities available in the community, and we know that many people who are Deaf or hard of hearing struggle to find employment," said Sheldon McCormick, General Manager of Uber Ontario. "That's why we're so excited to announce this exciting partnership with the Canadian Hearing Society with the goal of opening up even more work opportunities for the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Canada."

As the largest agency of its kind in Canada, CHS works to remove barriers to communication and promote equity for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing in Canada.

"I applaud Uber for being an innovative employer, and I am so excited about our partnership," said Julia Dumanian, President and CEO, CHS. "Today, we are celebrating this announcement and how it will help increase accessibility and communication between Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people."

CHS's "Creating an Accessible World" event was a celebration of employers who have accessibility as a priority and practice in their organization, and the employees who are thriving in these workplaces.

Co-founded by Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber is evolving the way the world moves. Present in over 40 communities in Canada, Uber has revolutionized transportation and offers more than 20,000 Canadian driver-partners a new way to earn income in their spare time by offering an affordable transportation alternative to hundreds of thousands of riders across the country. For more information, visit uber.com

Trusted since 1940, the Canadian Hearing Society has been providing industry-leading products, programs and services to Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians to ensure barrier-free access and increased quality of life. It is an independent, registered non-profit organization that reinvests proceeds from product and program sales back into community services. CHS's Employment Services has provided job search assistance and employment supports for job seekers and employers for more than 70 years in offices across Ontario. For more information, visit www.chs.ca

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