Laurie Graham, Specialist, Intervention

Laurie Graham.pngHow long have you worked in Deafblind Services?
"8 years."
Why did you get into the field?
"I was previously an Educational Interpreter in a School Board. The ‘Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit’ I worked in closed. A friend of mine who was a previous colleague introduced me to Deafblind Services. She encouraged me to look at the profession, and I’m so thankful she did. Working in DBS has been more rewarding and fulfilling than I ever thought it could be."

What do you enjoy most about being an intervenor/working in the field?

"I enjoy supporting clients so that they may be as independent as possible. Words cannot describe the feeling when you are able to; see a client self advocate, when you have given them all the information to make an independent decision for themselves, or when you realize you have made a positive impact on the client’s life."

What would you like people to know about Deafblindness?

"It is very important to inform the public that there is a need for more Intervenors. With support, persons who are Deafblind should, and can participate in all areas of society."

Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?

"Deafblind awareness is important because it is not very well known in society. Most people are aware of Deafness and the need for Interpreters, or vision loss and the need for canes or service animals. Most people are unaware of Deafblindness and the need for Intervenors. Education about Deafblindness is so important because public knowledge can and will positively impact our client’s day-to-day lives."

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