Our History

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In 1989, a group of motivated parents lobbied the provincial government of Ontario as advocates for their children with deafblindness in an attempt to secure funding for community based supported living programs to commence when the children completed their education. Independent Living Residences for the Deafblind in Ontario (ILRDBO), was born out of this movement; on April 6, 1989 we were incorporated as an not-for-profit organization. Initially there were three homes in York Region with three individuals with congenital deafblindness residing in each location.

Intervenor services would be provided to promote independence and help the individual with deafblindness realize their potential.

Founding Members:

  • Gerry & Dorothy Brogan
  • Adrienne & Mike Caruso
  • Lynne Faltash
  • Steven Gaylord
  • Carol & William Hurtick
  • Charles Kelliher
  • Connie Southall
  • Dorothy Wilcox

Toward the end of 2007, ILRDBO changed its name to DeafBlind Ontario Services. Today, DeafBlind Ontario Services supports individuals who are deafblind across the province through our Residential Services and Community Services, both fostering independent living skills through specialized support. 

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