Deafblind Resource Services and Outreach Programs
The Deafblind Resource Services and Outreach Program 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.
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.
An assessment of the child’s functional use of vision and hearing by Deafblind Resource Services and Outreach Program 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 and Outreach Program, 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.
Deafblind Resource Services and Outreach Program 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.
For a referral package, or to request support from Resource Services and Outreach Programs, Deafblind Program – please contact Amanda Gowan: Amanda.Gowan@ontario.ca