Melinda Allen, Specialist, Intervention
How long have you worked in Deafblind Community Services?
“I have worked in DBCS for five years.”
Why did you get into the field?
“I didn’t set out to be in the field of Intervenor Services, it found me! Thank goodness I did because I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I originally started in a Social Work background and was taking an ASL course at night. That night course led me to the ASL and Deaf Studies Program and then ultimately into the Intervenor Program.”
What do you enjoy most about being an intervenor/working in the field?
“I enjoy the variety that comes along with being in Intervenor Services. I enjoy learning and doing something new everyday. I enjoy working with people feeling like I’ve done my part to contribute and make someone’s access to information that little bit easier.”
What would you like people to know about Deafblindness?
“I would like people to know that being Deafblind does not mean that you have no vision and no hearing whatsoever. I want people to know that everyone while everyone is different, people with Deafblindness are just like everyone else and deserve to be treated as such. Take the opportunity to learn about what a person with Deafblindness may need from you and be patient. Also, I want people to know that if they are curious, to ask questions!”
Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?
“Deafblind awareness is important to me because I think people hear the term Deafblind and immediately assume the worst. I want people to take the time to understand what Deafblindness truly is and to educate themselves and others. Awareness is important because it creates opportunities for advocacy and a chance to have the message heard. Lastly, awareness is important to me for breaking down the stigmas and the barriers to access.”