Sunday, 25 June 2017

The Deaf-blind experience.

Deafblind event
On Sunday, in honour of Deafblind Awareness Month, the Toronto Public Library and the Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB) ran what they called a human library.  Patrons could sit down with deafblind volunteers and openly ask questions about what it's like living with dual sensory loss.

"I want people to know that deaf-blind people are wonderful," volunteer Barbara Milner said via tactile sign language with her intervenor. "They have families. They can live alone. I have five children and 10 grandchildren. I'm happy like that."

Semi-silent film takes you inside life of deaf-blind filmmaker. She said there's a misconception that all deaf-blind people have total loss of hearing and sight, but there are varying degrees. She was born deaf and vision impaired and lost the rest of her vision over time.