Since our beginning in 1989, we have made it our mission to inspire the spirit and determination of the people we support. With programs across the province, our reach extends into a wide range of communities in Ontario (Locations map).
DeafBlind Ontario Services takes a holistic approach to providing Intervenor Services that are customized to each individual’s unique needs, method of communication, and goals to increase their independence and enrich their life. Residential programs provide accessible, barrier-free, affordable housing and access to Intervenor Services 24/7.
At DeafBlind Ontario Services, we make a difference everyday.
Born premature, Amanda has Cerebral Palsy along with profound hearing loss and very little vision. Although she has some perception of light in one eye, Amanda is deafblind.
As a child, Amanda’s Mother advocated for her to receive essential support through Intervenor Services. Individuals with deafblindness have the capacity to build their life skills, gain independence and contribute to the greater community with the support of professional intervenors.
After graduating, Amanda did not have access to an intervenor until she came to DeafBlind Ontario Services at age 22.
Amanda communicates expressively with the world around her through Signing Exact English (SEE), a system of manual communication that strives to be an exact representation of English vocabulary and grammar. She receives communication through Adapted Interactive Tactual Sign Language (AITSL). AISTL is hand-over-hand sign language, where the person ‘listening’ is feeling and reading the signs with their hands.
When Amanda started receiving Intervenor Services from DeafBlind Ontario Services, her expressive sign vocabulary was limited to two signs, “more” and “finish”.Today, Amanda is able to communicate her choices and be a more active participant in her own life. She currently has an expressive sign vocabulary of 16 signs that is continuing to grow.
“A highlight of my career has been being part of Amanda’s journey. A lot of time, trial and error was dedicated to enhancing her range of communication; seeing it all come together was a huge moment.”
“We never lost sight of realizing Amanda’s full potential. When an individual’s potential is recognized, the possibilities are endless”, said Katherine, an intervenor at DeafBlind Ontario Services.