Vanessa May, Specialist, Deafblind Literacy

Vanessa.jpgHow long have you worked in Deafblind Services?

"5 years."

Why did you get into the field?

"Years ago I met a couple people working in the field of Deafblind Intervention. Of course, at the time, I had no idea what that meant. What struck me was their passion and genuine belief in their work."

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

"I never felt I could make a difference in someone’s life, I figured I could be part of making a difference but it would be collaborative. This is still true. Our learners are the people who decide to make a change, work toward their goal(s) and realize their successes. I am fortunate to be a part of the process."

What would you like people to know about Deafblindness?

"People don’t often consider the fact that there are possibly hundreds of combinations of hearing and vision loss nor the etiologies. Those who are Deafblind are unique and have diverse needs. The intervenors I work with are trained to support individuals who are deafblind in all aspects of their lives. My co-workers are some of the most committed, compassionate and skilled advocates and facilitators I’ve known. They are professionals."

Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?

"Awareness, to me, should serve as a reminder of inclusivity, accommodation and accessibility. Hopefully Deafblind awareness month causes people to stop and think about how to create a more equitable, understanding world."

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