We are excited to announce that DeafBlind Ontario Services has been successful in its bid to be re-accredited by FOCUS Accreditation for four years from July 2020 – July 2024, and has received an elite level award, named the Seal of Sustainability. This level of award is given to organizations, who achieve three levels of accreditation status.
FOCUS Accreditation, a non-profit accreditation agency for community service organizations, looks at all aspects of how an organization provides services – from how people are supported to the effectiveness of the operations. FOCUS Accreditation enlisted a team of four people to virtually review DeafBlind Ontario Services’ programs and services for four days on June 1-4, 2020. The team observed how services were provided, reviewed data, and collected input from various people who have a stake in the services being provided.
Feedback gathered during the validation described DeafBlind Ontario Services as a phenomenal agency that is forward-thinking, values the people supported, and provides great opportunities for their employees. Stakeholders noted that employees are caring, passionate and consistently go above and beyond in providing exceptional service.
With all this, we’re happy to report that we accomplished a variety of firsts:
- 1st deafblind organization to achieve our 3rd4-year accreditation
- 1st deafblind organization to receive a 100% rating
- 1st deafblind organization to receive the Seal of Sustainability
- 1st organization to undergo virtual onsite validation
Re-accreditation is a team effort, thank you to everyone involved.