Blog

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

  • 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 – ... Read more about this post...
  • 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 ... Read more about this post...
  • 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 ... Read more about this post...
  • 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 ... Read more about this post...
  • 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 ... Read more about this post...