Saskatchewan is proclaiming June 1-7, 2014 as Deafblind Awareness Week.
Deafblindness is a disability in which individuals experience a combined loss of both vision and hearing such that neither senses can be used as a primary source of gathering accurate information.
“Deafblindness is a uniquely difficult disability,” Social Services Minister June Draude said. “I commend the Canadian Deafblind Association for continuing to offer services and programs that are specifically tailored to the individuals they serve. The organization’s person-centred service is helping people who are deafblind live rich, meaningful lives. This work certainly contributes to our goal of making Saskatchewan the best province to live for people with disabilities.”
“Approximately one in 3,000 Canadians are deafblind and this number is expected to grow as the Canadian population ages,” Canadian Deafblind Association, Saskatchewan Chapter Executive Director Dana Heinrichs said. “This week is an important opportunity to raise awareness about this disability across the province.”
The Canadian Deafblind Association is a non-profit organization that advocates for and provides services to individuals with deafblindness. For more information about the Canadian Deafblind Association (National), please visit www.cdbanational.com.