Deafblind Resource Services
Deafblind Resource Services at the W. Ross Macdonald School provides consultative services for pre-school and school aged children up to the age of 21, with deafblindness residing within the Province of Ontario. Referrals for assessment or re-assessment can be obtained by completing the form below. Once the package has been completed and returned, a mutually agreeable date will be set.
For a referral package, or to request support from Resource Services and Outreach Programs, Deafblind Program - please contact Emilie Hyde: Emilie.Hyde@ontario.ca
Criteria for Service:
Clients shall be determined by the international definition of deafblind as:
A comprehensive, individualized program where the specialist consultant makes regular visits to programs and/or homes. This level of service is not always necessary where programs are in place and operating well. Full Service is reviewed regularly.
The specialist consultant visits programs and/or homes according to the schedule that meets the needs of the clients, parents and program providers. The frequency can be one visit per term or a certain number of visits per year.
The specialist consultant will visit upon request to provide assessments, program suggestions and assistance as requested.
Levels are determined by identified needs and the benefit of the program to the client.
Consultants are specialists in the field of deafblindness. Their experience and training has qualified them to address the needs of students with combined losses in vision and hearing, where specialized methods and techniques are necessary for learning and development. The role of the Resource Consultant includes:
An assessment of the child’s functional use of vision and hearing by Deafblind Resource Services precedes provision of service. Ophthalmological and audiological reports, information provided by parents and caregivers, as well as the child’s responses during interaction with consultants from Deafblind Resource Services, are all considered in order to determine the suitability of an identification of deafblindness.
Following identification, a consultant makes regular visits to the student’s home and/or the school he or she is attending. A comprehensive individualized program for the student is designed by the consultant in a collaborative effort with information gathered from family and school staff. As well, the consultant will offer information and demonstrations of methods and techniques that are most suitable to foster the student’s development and learning.
Other services to School Boards include presentations and workshops to provide information about the educational implications of deafblindness. Each year we host an annual Fall 2 – day workshop entitled Introduction to Deafblindness and Intervention. This workshop includes:
Deafblind Resource Services is also committed to expanding awareness of the unique nature of the challenges faced by individuals with deafblindness. Upon request workshops and presentations are provided to schools and agencies who may be involved in supporting these students.