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Our Intervenors

Intervenor communicates with hand-over-hand sign language with person who is deafblindIntervenors are specially trained professionals who act as the “eyes” and “ears” of the individual who is deafblind through the sense of touch.

An intervenor facilitates the interaction of the person who is deafblind with other people and the environment. The intervenor provides information about the environment and what is happening (using receptive language), assists the individual who is deafblind to communicate (using expressive language), provides or develops concepts where necessary, confirms actions, assists with life skills and most importantly, assists the individual to achieve as much independence as possible within their situation. The intervenor takes direction from the individual who is deafblind.

The philosophy of 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.

Any success we have as an organization can be attributed to one thing…our employees! At DeafBlind Ontario Services, our employees are our strength. We strive to be a top employer in the field by investing in our employees through extensive training, mentoring and other professional development opportunities throughout all levels of our organization.

Intervenor using sign language to communicate with deafblind womanOur intervenors are passionate, collaborative and resilient leaders who are truly limitless!

Ongoing learning opportunities are key to assisting employees in showcasing their talents and exceeding expectations; we are dedicated to helping our employees develop their talents and nurture their career aspirations.

The specialized training of our intervenors has always been a priority at DeafBlind Ontario Services. This was formalized in the development of our TOUCH™ training program, which has strengthened the competencies of those who touch the lives of individuals who are deafblind. Intervenors at DeafBlind Ontario Services can also be designated as Certified Congenital DeafBlind Specialists (CCDBS).

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