Ruth Keene

How long have you been a client of Deafblind Services?
"4 months."
How has being Deafblind impacted your life?
"[Deafblindness] has made me realize that we all need to help each other out and be sensitive to everyone’s needs and issues. We need to have patience and understanding with one another."

How has intervention impacted your life?

"Since an Intervenor has been coming to provide intervention, I find life has normalized again. When the Intervenor is with me I don’t feel embarrassed about my vision and hearing loss and don’t have to apologize if I didn’t hear something. The Intervenor understands my issues and is familiar with what I need which gives me great comfort.

Having intervention has given me my independence and confidence back.

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

"I tell everyone in my building how wonderful having intervention services has been for me and how it has impacted my life for the better.

I would like to tell people that just because someone may look like they don’t have vision or hearing issues, they may. It is important not to assume that someone can hear or see specific things and when told otherwise it is important to believe the person with the hearing and vision loss and be attuned to their needs. This will reduce a lot of frustration and anxiety and allow for people with vision and hearing loss to still be included.

Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?

"[Deafblind awareness] is important so that people understand the needs of people who cannot hear and see so that they are more patient and understanding as well as for more people to know about intervenors and what their job is."

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