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Bridge – Sensory Loss Communication Training, offered by DeafBlind Ontario Services, provides customized training opportunities for organizations that support individuals with a sensory loss and/or communication challenges.

In person or virtual training is interactive and involves activities simulating sensory loss.  The Community Services team can also provide ongoing mentorship and coaching to ensure skills learned are part of daily practice.

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Bridge can enhance the services of:

  • Developmental Services Agencies
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • In Home Support Services
  • Other Community Organizations

Our expertise in working with individuals that require alternative approaches to communication led to the development of interactive workshops/customized training available by request. Improved person-centered support, reduced frustration and service efficiency can all be addressed through our community training programs.

Workshops include:

Adapted Environments – Virtual

Increase awareness of accessibility needs and barriers in the home and community. Learn more about adapting environments to meet the unique needs of people with sensory loss.

Communication 101: Bridging the Gap – Virtual

This unique workshop provides virtual learning opportunities for organizations or individuals who are looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of individuals with a sensory loss and/or communication need.

Experience Tools: Expand your Communication Toolbox – In-Person

Recommended Prerequisite – Communication 101: Bridging the Gap

Experience Tools are used to initiate conversation, enhance concepts, promote expressive and receptive language, encourage anticipation, reinforce choices or reflect on memories.

Introduction to Sensory Loss – Virtual

Understand the differing needs of individuals with sensory loss and how you can improve your work practices to support and empower them. Learn about the eye and ear and maximizing residual vision and residual hearing.

Personality Dimensions® – Virtual or In-Person

This interactive workshop of self-discovery will help you to develop a better understanding and appreciation for yourself and others. Build stronger teams and optimize performance.

Sensory Integration: Making Sensory Engagement Meaningful – Virtual

Deepen your understanding of sensory integration, sensory integration disorder, and the impact on someone with sensory loss in this virtual training.

Black and white image taken over the shoulder of a women completing a simulation training exercise. She is wearing simulation goggles and feeling sensory items in a box.
A black and white photo of a young woman participating in a simulation training exercise. She is wearing simulation goggles while examining an object. The goggles help her to understand the functional impact of visual impairment or low vision.
A black and white photo of a woman sitting at a table participating in a simulation training exercise. She is wearing simulation goggles and feeling a square “gift” wrapped in patterned paper.

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For more information about Bridge, or to be added to our email list, please contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-855-340-3267 x273.

 

Testimonials:

“I have truly loved this course.  Love that it motivates me to see things in a different light.  Love that it has taught me better communication skills. It has been more than amazing and I cannot thank you enough.”

Charmaine Vautour, Shift Supervisor

“The training was very interactive. It gave me a different perspective on working with someone who is deafblind.  As I work with individuals with developmental disabilities I am now much more aware of sensory loss and can use what I learned at the training to benefit my other clients.”

Gema Rondin, Residential Manager

“The most engaging training I have ever attended.  Wonderful presentation with knowledgeable and experienced instructors.

“I have really learned to SLOW DOWN, give time for our folks to feel and smell their way through life. Allow them to have the same opportunities that we might take for granted.”

Wendy Hewgill, Direct Service Worker

“I feel more confident in serving the clients we have and meeting the needs they have.”

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