Elsie.jpgHow long have you been a client of Deafblind Services?
"7 years."

How has being Deafblind impacted your life?

"It's hard, but I manage. I wouldn't be able to do anything without my Intervenors. They help me a lot."

How has intervention impacted your life?

"It's [intervention] changed my life. I wouldn't be able to go out and do what needs to be done without my intervenors. They're nice to talk to, and they help me go for walks outside, go to water aerobics, and they take me shopping. Without my intervenors I would have to stay home all day."

What would you like to tell other people about Deafblindness or intervention?

"I would like to tell other people who struggle that it's important to stay positive and keep on going. To anyone that has a problem, I would say, 'Try and stay positive and it will make all the difference. It's all about having a good attitude.'"

Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?

"Before I became Deafblind, I had never heard of it and didn't know anything about it. I think it's important for people to know that there are people like me and that the CNIB and Intervenors can help. I have heard that there are 65,000 people* who are Deafblind in Canada."
*the Hamilton Spectator, April 21, 2017

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