Sheena, Specialist, Intervention

How long have you worked in Deafblind Services?

"Over 4 years."

Why did you get into the field?

"I volunteered in a Deafblind program and loved it. I was intrigued with sign language and the diverse ways to communicate, it made me want to learn how to communicate and know more about Deafblindness."

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

"I enjoy working with the clients. We become such a big part in their life and they become a big part of ours. A bond and relationship is built with the clients you work with that they become your second family. For some clients, you are all they have and your time with them is so important to them. For some clients, without you, their daily activities would not be possible."

What would you like people to know about Deafblindness?

"One thing I would want people to know about Deafblindness would be that is can be very isolating. The things we, who have our vision and our hearing, take for granted are mindless tasks, the things most Deafblind individuals struggle with and can’t do without someone’s help. Simple things like having a conversation, shopping, cleaning, banking etc."

Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?

"Deafblind awareness is important to me because I don’t think enough people in the community have a full understanding of what it’s like to live being Deafblind. For some it can mean isolation, living in silence and darkness, struggling with simple tasks, not being able to just have a conversation with just anyone. I think if society had a better understanding there would be more patient people. Individuals who are Deafblind need more time whether it be that extra few minutes for the intervenor to relay information to them or for them to feel for the right bill when paying for something.

That being said, they are still capable of doing things for themselves and still having independence and not to be looked at like they are helpless. We, as intervenors, are not there to do for them but to be there to help them do things for themselves to continue being and feeling independent. The one major important thing to remember is that Deafblindness does not look the same for everyone. Some people may still have some vision and no hearing or no vision and some hearing; others can have no vision and no hearing. Deafblindness can look so many ways."

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