Tammy Taylor, Manager, Deafblind Services

How long have you worked in Deafblind Services? 

"Over 20 years."

Why did you get into the field?

"I was in a college program with a slightly different career direction; however during one of my placements, I met an individual living with Deafblindness. That brief encounter left a lasting impression and immediately changed my career path. It was over 20 years ago but the memories of that encounter are so vivid. It truly was a life altering moment."

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

"What I enjoy the most working in the field is enabling others. By being able to communicate with those who are Deafblind, in turn they are enabled to communicate with the world around them, simply by using my vision and hearing."

What would you like people to know about Deafblindness?

"The word 'Deafblindness' can be somewhat misleading.  Many people who are living with Deafblindness may have some remaining vision, and perhaps some hearing. Therefore it is important to take the time to truly understand the most effective way to communicate with the individual."

Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?

"Deafblind awareness is important to me because the public needs to be aware that individuals living with Deafblindness are our neighbours, parents, friends, colleague, etc. For various reasons, some people experience a significant loss of hearing and vision, however they are still valuable and contributing members of their community and need to be treated as such. If you experienced a significant vision and hearing loss, wouldn't you want the same?"