Sarah Darlucio, Supervisor Deafblind Community Services
How long have you worked in Deafblind Community Services?
“(Hmmm…should I age myself?) 14 incredible years”
Why did you get into the field?
“Having volunteered in the disability sector though my school years, I had always found the work fulfilling. When I learned about the various adapted communication methods used by the Deafblind community I was fascinated. It was a natural fit.”
What do you enjoy most about working in the field?
“Meeting and working with the clients in the community. Hearing their stories of overcoming adversity is a humbling experience. Having worked with many of the same clients over the course of the years, you develop a strong professional rapport. You share the highs and lows of their everyday lives, and usually more than a few laughs along the way.”
What would you like people to know about Deafblindness?
“That it is unique to each individual.”
Why is Deafblind awareness important to you?
“When I first started in the field, the GTA team was comprised of a handful of Intervenors. Clients received an average of 5 hours a week of intervention services. Can you imagine only 5 hours a week with your eyes and ears?! Throughout the years, the Deafblind community successfully advocated the need for increased and consistent funding to increase service hours. It is an exciting time of growth in the field, as governments recognize the need for Intervenor Services.”