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DeafBlind Ontario Services helps individuals who are deafblind increase their independence and improve their quality of life through specialized services. With programs across the province, our services extend into a wide range of communities in Ontario.

Our highly regarded service model ensures our clients’ goals are met through a person-centered approach delivered by specially trained intervenors. Through partnerships with complementary community agencies and internal expertise, DeafBlind Ontario Services takes a holistic approach to providing intervenor services that are customized to each person’s unique needs, desires and goals to increase their independence and enrich their life. Our programs and services are designed to support the unique needs of individuals who are deafblind, as well as encourage the development of life and vocational skills along with recreational opportunities.

DeafBlind Ontario Services is considered a leader in the field and is proud to offer the highest quality intervenor services. No two individuals who are deafblind are alike, and we pride ourselves on individually tailored programs for each person we support.

Admission Guidelines

The application process for Residential/Community Services includes the following:

  • Completion of DeafBlind Ontario Services internal application package.
  • Completion of the Intervenor Services Eligibility Form provided by Canadian Deafblind Association (CDBA), Provincial Central Point of Access for Intervenor Services in Ontario.
  • On confirmation of eligibility by Canadian Deafblind Association, you or your representative of choice will be notified in writing.
  • You will be required to undergo an assessment using the standardized interRAI and Deafblind supplement by qualified Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services Provincial Intervenor Assessors.
  • When eligibility is confirmed, DeafBlind Ontario Services will work with you and submit an individualized profile and budget to apply to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services to secure Intervenor Services funding. Once this submission is sent to MCCSS, it may take several months to hear back whether or not the submission was successful.
  • Upon receipt of funding approval from MCCSS, a Service Agreement will be executed between you/your representative and transition planning will start.

 

As per the MCCSS Intervenor Services Operational Guidelines effective April 1, 2018,

  1. Confirm eligibility through Canadian Deafblind Association, Central Point of Access
  2. Facilitate an assessment of client’s needs for Intervenor services by MCCSS Provincial Intervenor Assessors
  3. Confirmation of available resources
  4. Service planning within available resources
  5. Service provision

Confirmation of eligibility is the first step in the process of MCSS funded Intervenor services and services provided by DeafBlind Ontario Services.

To be eligible for MCCSS-funded Intervenor Services, an applicant must:

  • Have a diagnosis of hearing and visual impairment that is non-corrective
  • Not be attending secondary school
  • Be a resident of Ontario; and,
  • Be at least 18 years of age.

Referrals

Further inquiries and referrals can be made to the Manager of Client Innovation & Development by email at m.james@deafblindontario.com or by phone at 1-855-340-3267.