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Launch of the Community of Practice on Deafblindness Resource

June 27, 2018

DeafBlind Ontario Services and INLB-IRD (Institute Nazareth and Louis-Braille - Institute Raymond Dewar), are launching a Community of Practice on Deafblindness resource (CoP). It was developed to share knowledge and professional practices on deafblindness. It will also help maintain and develop rehabilitation expertise within the professional community. The intent of the CoP is to build the capacity of professionals and practitionersinsupporting individuals with deafblindness and age-related dual sensory loss.

To help launch the collaborative initiative, INLB-IRD is organizing a research presentation by Walter Wittich on June 27, 2018, "Assistive Technology: The Holy Grail for Dual Sensory Impairment Rehabilitation - Or is it?" which can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQRO8u2bsro.

The plan for the first year of this collaboration is to enhance the reach of the CoPD Portal by enrolling new members from Ontario and across Canada and sharing the resources with practitioners, researchers and organizations.

Interested intervenors and other practitioners can visit http://cdpsurdicecite.org for more information on how to enrol to this Community of Practice on Deafblindness or contact Renu Minhas, Coordinator, Client Services and Research at r.minhas@deafblindontario.com.

About the Community of Practice:

A community of practice is a “… group of persons who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis. They are held together by a common interest in a certain area, and are driven by a desire and need to shared problems, achievements, insights, tools and best pratices. CoP members deepen their knowledge by interacting on an ongoing basis and will, over time, develop a set of shared practices.

About DeafBlind Ontario Services

Founded in 1989, DeafBlind Ontario Services is a not-for-profit organization that helps individuals who are deafblind increase their independence and improve their quality of life through specialized services. With residential locations and community services programs across the province, our services extend into a wide range of communities in Ontario.


Founded in 1861, the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB) is the first and only institution in Quebec whose services are aimed exclusively at people with visual impairments. Its programs and services are aimed at individuals of all ages.

INLB contributes greatly to the development of knowledge and the improvement of clinical practices through its involvement in the four facets of its university mission (research, teaching, advanced services and evaluation of technologies and modes of intervention). He is one of the founding members of CRIR (Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Metropolitan Montreal). It trains professionals specialized in visual rehabilitation, optometry and other disciplines. It also develops tools for information monitoring and technology evaluation.

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