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Welcome to Deafblind Community Services’ (DBCS) blog site!  Each month, one of our DBCS bloggers will post an article of interest related to the field of Deafblindness. With our long-standing presence in Ontario and other parts of Canada since the early 1950s, DBCS has seen firsthand the evolution of intervenor and literacy services.

Our talented bloggers will share their personal perspectives on a variety of topics to engage and stimulate discussion relating to the Deafblind community. If you have questions or comments related to any of the blog posts, please feel free to email us at info@deafblindservices.ca

DBCS Bloggers:

Vanessa May, Literacy Instructor
Kim Setzer, Literacy Instructor
Melinda Allen, Intervenor Specialist
Bethany Cleghorne, Intervenor Specialist
Carolina Cohoon, Literacy Instructor
Janine Tucker, Provincial Project Coordinator
Sally Teng, Coordinator, Talent Development

Most Recent Blogs

  • Seasonal Recipe: Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey November 3, 2021
    Seasonal Recipe: Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey Seasonal Recipe in ASL.  This easy dish made with just four ingredients is perfect for breakfast or dessert! Ingredients: 2 large ripe pears 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tsp honey 1/4 cup crushed walnuts optional yogurt or frozen yogurt Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut the pears in half and place on a baking sheet (you can ...
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  • Meet Merico Tesolin: Advisor, Client Relations and Advocacy October 26, 2021
    Meet Merico Tesolin: Advisor, Client Relations and Advocacy Meet Merico in ASL My name is Merico Tesolin and I am very pleased to have joined the DBCS team in September 2020 in the role of Advisor, Client Relations and Advocacy. I have been involved with DBCS as a client, volunteer and staff member since 2003. In 2009, ...
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  • Meet Trevor Hinds October 18, 2021
    Meet Trevor Hinds A message from the National Director of Program Operations As part of DBCS’ strategic mandate, we are looking to advocate and expand the services that are available across the country. I am excited and honoured to join DBCS in the role of National Director of Program Operations with the goal of facilitating this growth ...
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  • Literacy Spotlight: Technology and Fitness October 6, 2021
    Literacy Spotlight: Technology and Fitness Literacy Spotlight: Technology and Fitness (ASL) Hello everyone! I am writing from our forest city in London, Ontario and I am truly glad to share a message on behalf of the Literacy Department! Hi everyone! My name is Carolina Cohoon, and I am one of DBCS’ Literacy instructors covering the Southwestern region in ...
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  • Two-Hand Manual Communication: Penny’s Story June 21, 2021
    Did you know that there many different types of communication methods used by people who are Deafblind? One method of communication is known as “two-hand manual.” The two-hand manual alphabet a method of spelling out words onto a person’s hand – with each letter denoted by a particular sign or place on the hand. Penny LeClair, ...
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  • Tips to deliver successful, accessible and functional webinars for the Deafblind community using Zoom September 15, 2020
    Tips to deliver successful, accessible and functional webinars for the Deafblind community using Zoom By: Carolina Cohoon People all across the world have turned to virtual platforms to conduct everything from quick meetings to in-depth webinars. Virtual platforms like Zoom have meant that individuals and organizations alike have been able to reach more and more people – ...
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  • Strength through Chaos: Bonding together as a DBCS Team July 29, 2020
    Strength through Chaos: Bonding together as a DBCS Team by: Bethany Cleghorne On December 31st, 2019, many of us gathered on New Year’s Eve with friends, family and others to celebrate the year and the next one to come. As we took the time to clink our glasses with one another, the clock struck midnight and we ...
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  • National Deafblind Awareness Month, interview with Sherry Grabowski July 14, 2020
    National Deafblind Awareness Month, interview with Sherry Grabowski By: Janine Tucker As part of our National Deafblind Awareness Month campaign, I had the opportunity to sit down with Sherry Grabowski, Executive Director of CNIB Deafblind Community Services, to chat about our soon-to-be expansion into Saskatchewan. Where did this journey begin with seeking funding for intervenor services in Saskatchewan? It ...
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  • Hey Siri, Define Literacy April 15, 2020
    Hey Siri, Define Literacy By: Kim Setzer When searching for the definition of literacy, I did what my 11-year-old son would do, I asked, “hey Siri, define literacy.” Siri told me that literacy is the ability to read and write. Siri might as well have been my schoolmate when I was growing up, because when I went to ...
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  • Autonomy and Care March 6, 2020
    Autonomy and Care By: Melinda Allen, Intervenor Specialist In my current studies on disability issues, I often come across the concept of “autonomy in care”. Dignity is almost always found alongside autonomy. When people feel that they are becoming too dependent on someone else, there is potential for their dignity to be threatened. Michael Oliver, writer and ...
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