CNIB Deafblind Community Services is one of a number of organizations that provides services to support and empower people who are Deafblind to live as independently as possible in their environment, including in the broader community.
What is Deafblindness?
Deafblindness is a distinct disability. It 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.
When you think of the word “Deafblind”, you probably imagine a world of total darkness and a complete lack of sound. If it happened to you, how would you communicate? How would you access information? How would you get around?
In actual fact, most people who are Deafblind usually have some degree of vision and/or hearing. They can have a high quality of life. They can get an education. They can be employed. And they can form rewarding relationships. But they need help to do it.
Approximately 65,000 Canadians are Deafblind. Less than six per cent of individuals who are Deafblind are employed.