As a Committee, we are working to professionalize Intervenor Services, increase the availability of highly skilled staff, and improve the quality of Intervenor Services delivery to adults living with deafblindness in Ontario.
Deafblindness is a distinct disability. Deafblindness is a combined loss of hearing and vision to such an extent that neither the hearing nor vision can be used as a means of accessing information to participate and be included in the community.
“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.”
For more information on deafblindness, view Deafblind International’s Guidelines on Best Practice for Service Development for Deafblind People.
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