March 16, 1926 – August 9, 2003
Daniel Ling was a professor at McGill University from 1973-1984 teaching graduate studies in aural habilitation in the School of Human Communication Disorders. He then worked at the University of Western Ontario as the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences from 1984-1991.
In 1999, Ling was recognized for a lifetime of outstanding achievement through service to the nation and dedication to the community. The Order of Canada is the centrepiece of recognizing those who desire to improve the country and humanity. Professor Ling was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, for his achievements, which have enriched the lives of others and influenced not only the country but the world in regards to educating children with hearing impairment.
His experience in the field of educating hearing-impaired children was paramount in the creation of many centres around the world benefiting children with a hearing loss and their families. He has trained new teachers, established new clinics, advised concerned parents, and created essential textbooks that are used internationally as resources in speech therapy for working with hearing impaired children. His method of teaching focuses on the use of any residual hearing a child has and suggested this can be used to perceive speech.