Deafblindness – A Unique Disability
- If 95% of what we learn comes from our eyes and ears, imagine what it must be like to be deafblind.
- Deafblindness is a combined loss of hearing and vision to such an extent that neither the hearing nor vision can be used as a means of accessing information to participate and be included in the community.
- An individualized, holistic and person-centered approach to Intervenor Services empowers each individual who is deafblind to achieve as much independence as possible.
- Individuals who are deafblind have the capacity to build their life skills, gain independence and contribute to the greater community with the support of professionally trained Intervenors who use the sense of touch to help them communicate.
- In 2004, Stats Canada reported 7,000 Ontarians live with deafblindness.
The People We Support
- Founded in 1989, DeafBlind Ontario Services is a not-for-profit organization that helps individuals who are deafblind to increase their independence and improve their quality of life through specialized services.
- The philosophy of DeafBlind Ontario Services’ Intervenors is “Do with, not for”. They work with individuals who are deafblind, helping them learn through experience, empowering them to make informed decisions and be active participants in all areas of their lives.
Click here to view DeafBlind International's Guidelines on Best Practice for Service Provision to Deafblind People - PDF Document (228 KB).