Margaret, Specialist/Project Lead, Intervention

How long have you worked in Deafblind Services?

“I have been working with Deafblind clients since 1991 – mainly in group homes and employment (taking them to their jobs and assisting with communication at work) and now, 5 years at CNIB."

What do you enjoy most about working in the field?

I really like to see them successful in what they do – it’s not easy being deaf and blind, can’t hear and can’t see. I really enjoy working with them - they have this positive attitude when I am working with them. We make it possible for them to go out and do errands and enjoy life. They really appreciate our time when we are with them."

What would you like people to know about Deafblindness?

"I want [people] to know that Deafblind people can become very isolated. I tell people that I cannot hear a thing and when I am in a room where it is very dark, it can be very scary, I have no idea what is going on and I admire the Deafblind people for being very positive."

Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?

"[Deafblind awareness] is very important to me because they need to be aware that Deafblind people need more time. For example – a client would like coffee with 2 milks so, I need the time for us to communicate back and forth what they want. There are some people out there that do not have the patience for us. It is sad because people take things for granted. They also need to know that Deafblind people are also independent and will go out on their own but do need our help with errands and appointments."

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