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Penny
Can
Choose
Penny
Can
Choose
Penny’s story
June is National Deafblind Awareness Month
Let’s Yarn Bomb!
Let’s Yarn Bomb!

CNIB Deafblind Community Services (DBCS) is honored to take part in local and global activities to promote Deafblind Awareness. Regions across Ontario are yarnbombing—it’s all part of making a wave to raise awareness for deafblindness.

National Deafblind Awareness Month Working Group
National Deafblind Awareness Month Working Group

A collaboration of individuals who are deafblind, service providers, and advocacy groups. Each June, the Working Group Celebrates the achievements and contributions of, and raises awareness for people who are Deafblind.

Latest Media
Latest Media

See our latest media appearances promoting National Deafblind Awareness Month.

Stories from the Deafblind Community
Penny’s story

Penny’s story

Penny has always been blind and has been connected with CNIB since she was five years old. Over the years, she lost her hearing. “I have implants so I am learning to hear again and I read a lot in braille.”

Penny is from British Columbia but now makes her home in Ontario—a move that she says broadened her world. “In Ontario, I can access intervenor services through Deafblind Community Services and I quickly realized I have the choice to live a full, independent life.”

How Penny can choose

Penny says she has an intervenor for three hours each week, giving her the freedom to do what she likes. “In the summer, I enjoy wandering through gardens. I learn through touch and smell, and can see them because my intervenor describes the flowers in vivid colour. We also go shopping, swimming or whatever I choose to do. With her, my dreams have no limits.”

Advocating for the Deafblind community

She also spends her time advocating for the Deafblind community. “We need to create awareness for people who are Deafblind to ensure access to services across Canada. Right now, only Ontario and, just recently, Saskatchewan have intervenor services, yet so many others who are Deafblind are living their lives not realizing how much these services can open doors to so much more.”

If you are Deafblind, you can also choose to live a full life like Penny by accessing services through CNIB Deafblind Community Services. Contact us today so we can talk about your future.

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Testimonials

Sylvana, a DBCS client, smiles at the camera as she describes her experience with Deafblind Community Services

“I’m grateful for Deafblind Community Services because they are my bridge to life. They fill in the missing pieces.”

Sylvana, DBCS Client

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Intervenor Services

Intervenor Services

When a person who is Deafblind chooses intervenor services, they are choosing to live as independently as possible. An intervenor provides accurate information to help the individual make choices like going shopping, to the bank or participating in community activities. They can better make future plans, use transit and navigate their environment to live a full life. CNIB’s intervenor services are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

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Emergency Intervenor Services

Emergency Intervenor Services

This program allows people who are Deafblind to contact an intervenor if they are in an unexpected emergency situation that needs immediate attention. Emergency Communication Kits are also available to assist the person who is Deafblind communicate until help arrives. This service, funded by the Government of Ontario, operates 24 hour a day, seven days a week.

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Emergency Intervenor Services
Literacy Program

Literacy Program

Deafblind Community Services (DBCS) provides Ontario’s only literacy and basic skills program for Deafblind adults in Ontario, funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development. This program includes one-on-one or small group instruction to give Deafblind individuals the choice to pursue education, learn new skills and start employment.

Learn more about our Literacy Program