Our History

The historical timeline of DBCS dated back to 1943 when parents approached CNIB for support to advocate for their children who were Deafblind. Since that day, DBCS has continued to evolve and expand services through innovative programs and powerful advocacy.

DBCS Historical Timeline

1950’s,

  • CNIB supports social groups for people who are Deafblind in Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg
  • CNIB publishes “Dots and Taps”, Canada’s news magazine for people who are Deafblind, founded by Marjorie McGuffin Wood.
  • CNIB releases the first “Policy Statement on Services to Deaf-Blind Persons”, outlining CNIB’s framework definition of “Deafblind”, eligibility for services, and services offered
  • Marjorie McGuffin Wood officially hired to the CNIB National Office as the “National Consultant of the Deaf-Blind’, based out of Vancouver, BC
  • Marjorie takes on her first cross-Canada train tour, visiting people who were Deafblind across Canada and participating in public awareness related events in cities across Canada

1961

  • Mae Brown, a Deafblind woman from Thunder Bay and the first Deafblind person in Canada to graduate from University, approaches the CNIB in Toronto to develop a social club specifically for people who are Deafblind. Together with the CNIB Woman’s Auxiliary, the “Hand Highway Club” is established

1970’s

  • CNIB Deaf-Blind Services is officially established

1980’S

  • DBCS receives funding from the Government of Ontario

Today

  • DBCS has over 100 employees and provides services to over 200 clients across the country, including Ontario and Saskatchewan.