DeafBlind Ontario Services

DeafBlind Ontario Services

December 04, 2007 08:30 ET

Deafblind Ontario Services Kicks Off the New Year With a New Name, New Logo and New Holiday Gift Drive in Support of Deafblind Adults Living in Ontario

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2007) - If 95 per cent of what we learn comes from our eyes and ears, imagine how challenging it must be to not have either of these senses? After 18 years of enabling adults who are deafblind to live more independently, the organization formerly known as Independent Living Residences for the Deafblind in Ontario, has launched a new name, new logo, and new holiday gift drive to help increase public awareness around this complex disability.

"As the province's largest not-for-profit organization providing housing and 24/7 support services to deafblind adults, DeafBlind Ontario Services has been creating supported-living solutions for almost two decades," explains Roxanna Spruyt-Rocks, Executive Director of DeafBlind Ontario Services. "More support is needed however, to ensure all deafblind adults have access to the support they require."

Designed by BlueSky Communications Inc., the new logo symbolically represents a house that shelters the ability to see and hear. The new identity coincides with the organization's plans to further enhance its services offered to deafblind adults - including adding another home to its collection of residences located throughout Ontario and developing innovative outreach programs to help deafblind individuals live more independently.

"DeafBlind Ontario Services and my Intervenors help me be independent," says Steven, a deafblind resident who lives in a DeafBlind Ontario Services residence. "They gave me a pager that vibrates when someone comes to visit at my door and makes my bed shake if there is an alarm when I am sleeping."

As part of the unveiling of its new logo and name, DeafBlind Ontario Services has released a holiday fundraising initiative that invites donors to purchase gifts for residents like Steven. "Sense-able gifts, such as aromatherapy or a massage chair can help stimulate the senses for someone who is deafblind," says Spruyt-Rocks. "Instead of spending hours searching for a gift for someone who 'has everything', giving a gift for someone who doesn't have their sight and hearing is a great way to share your sense of holiday spirit."

Media are invited to attend the celebration:

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Ray Twinny Complex - Lounge 1

100 Eagle Street West

Newmarket

About DeafBlind Ontario Services

DeafBlind Ontario Services (www.deafblindontario.com) is a not-for-profit organization that creates safe and comfortable environments that enable deafblind individuals throughout the province to live more independently. DeafBlind Ontario Services currently supports deafblind adults with community-based housing, trained intervention support, independent living skills, work experience and social programs.

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