About one percent of Canada’s population or approximately 368,400 people are deafblind. In Ontario, an estimated 147,736 individuals are deafblind. DeafBlind Ontario Services believes that research initiatives will advance knowledge and enhance the quality of life for individuals with deafblindness; leading to more opportunities and choices.
Through our service model and holistic approach, as well as our experience in lifelong partnerships between individuals with deafblindness, their families and the professionals who support them, DeafBlind Ontario Services has a wealth of knowledge, insight, and experience into service provision.
DeafBlind Ontario Services participates and facilitates research by networking with universities, colleges, community partners, and other national and international research networks that focus on improving the quality of life for individuals with deafblindness and dual sensory loss. Through research, DeafBlind Ontario Services strives for equal opportunity and access for all, along with effective, holistic programs and services for the people we support.
DeafBlind Ontario Services will participate in research by:
- Providing leadership for research, advocacy and solutions to improve the quality of life for Canadians with deafblindness.
- Fostering academic/community collaborations nationally/internationally to encourage the work of both the prominent and aspiring researchers and involvement of individuals with deafblindness and dual sensory loss.
- Securing resources for research.
- Knowledge exchange to keep abreast of developments so that we can be a point of contact for up-to-date, relevant research into the experiences of people with deafblindness and share with all stakeholders.
The demographics data and statistical information will be a cross-cutting theme to support research strategy at DeafBlind Ontario Services.
Research Oversight Committee
The Research Oversight Committee provides oversight on DeafBlind Ontario Services’ research program. Its key functions are:
- To oversee articulation of the Client Services Committee’s responsibilities in support of participation in research and provide oversight to Senior Management on participation in research; to ensure that DeafBlind Ontario Services is in compliance with ethical research principles in participation of research by all parties involved.
- To set strategic research priorities for DeafBlind Ontario Services.
- To develop and oversee the peer review process of research applications.
- To increase the profile of research in an effort to increase sponsorships and corporate funding for research.
- To develop funding streams to assist training of next generation of scientists and health professionals focused on deafblindness.
- To promote public education and interaction through research discussions in an effort to build awareness.