Maria

How long have you been a client of Deafblind Services?
 
"2 and a half years."
 
How has being Deafblind impacted your life?
 
"[The impact of Deafblindness on my life has been] not too good."

How has intervention impacted your life?

"Two thumbs up [for intervention]! [Intervenors] are extra special people. For me it’s been a blessing in disguise. They help me do everything! I don’t know where I would be without this service. It’s unbelievable to me."

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

"I know it can’t be, but I hope I’m the last person who is ever Deafblind. It’s not easy. I would love people to understand what it’s like to be Deafblind. I have a hard time seeing details, I see shapes but I can’t identify who people are even is they’re a few feet away. It would be so much easier for me if people would not assume I can see them from a few feet away. It would be much easier for me to have people come up to me and touch me on the shoulder and let me know who they are. Some people think I’m rude because I don’t say hello, but it’s not me being rude, I can’t see them and don’t know who they are until they introduce themselves to me. I don’t think people will ever understand it unless they experience it or try and think about it from my point of view.

I want everyone to know that intervenors are the best! I’m so blessed to have them in my life. They are very special people. I truly don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have their support in my life.
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Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?

"It’s important for everyone to learn about Deafblindness so that they can understand what I’m going through. When I go out to a grocery store and I can’t understand what they’re saying or have trouble seeing something, it would be helpful if the cashier or people around knew what it was like to be Deafblind so they can help me better and also be understanding of what I’m going through."

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