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

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

  • 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...