Ronald Davidson

Ronald Davidson Picture.jpgHow has being Deafblind impacted your life?
"[Being Deafblind has] restricted my contact and relationships with various people, in other words, I am ostracized from others when in social settings. Although intervention does help, I still am limited as it is difficult to know everything that is happening in regard to facial expressions and other things that take place etc. When there is not an intervenor people shy away from speaking to Deafblind people as they do not want to try and communicate with these individuals as they feel it is a bother and the fact that they may be centering themselves out while trying to talk with Deafblind people."

How has intervention impacted your life?

"Intervention has improved my status when in social settings but it would help if others realize and accept what intervention is all about as many people are ignorant of intervention itself to the point that some individuals think intervention is not necessary as they believe that intervenors are only there for guiding purposes."

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

"Intervenors are with Deafblind people for the purpose of being the eyes and ears for the Deafblind person and not there to socialize with others in the setting, in other words, intervenors are not club members when attending a club meeting and the same applies intervenors at committee meetings as the intervenor is not a committee member. So, for the purpose of describing an intervenor, the intervenor is supposed to be acknowledged as being invisible to others."

Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?

"Hopefully the normal population will understand what intervention and intervenors are about so that intervention and intervenors are recognized and accepted by most, if not everyone, at various social settings and when intervention is taking place in society such as in places of shopping and appointments."

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