News from CNIB’s Deafblind Services
For the past couple of years, all Literacy and Basic Skills Instructors have been pursuing extensive training in the new curriculum known as OALCF program (Ontario Adult Literacy and Basic Skills). The aim of the new curriculum is to assist adults in Ontario in developing and applying a variety of educational and interpersonal skills to achieve personal goals for further education, employment, and increased independence.
The programs that are offered at CNIB are funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU). They are available for Deafblind adults who are at least 19 years of age and are out of school. One common misconception about the program is that we teach basic writing and numeracy skills. Many learners have completed grade 12 and are working on employment related goals. One common goal is upgrading computer skills; we have several tools and assistive technology to support our learners. If you require information on what our program offers, please contact the Helpline 1-866-659-1843 to locate the nearest instructor in your region.
Thanks to Corine Rowen and some quick acting Intervention coordinators with CDBA, most of the Deafblind literacy students will have the opportunity to watch an ASL Interpreted performance of “Wicked” at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto. The cast has also generously offered their time after the performance to have a meet and greet session. This is truly an amazing opportunity for them.
Message from Carolina, Deafblind Literacy in Southwestern Ontario:
Buoyed on by the success of our fun group classes and field trips in 2014, the Deafblind literacy program in the South Western region is busy developing exciting new projects for the New Year! I am thrilled about our new initiatives and the new volunteers who joined us this past year. They have each provided a wealth of resources and amazing support!
2015 will be a year of energy, engagement and innovative programs – all directed at our mission of building Deafblind literacy and essential skills in Ontario through inspiration, and collaboration. To all the wonderful people we work with, as 2014 ends, I wish you all the very best and hope you can take time over the holidays to savor the successes achieved in 2014. Remember the special gatherings and people you met, and all the milestones accomplished. I look forward to seeing you in 2015.
My learners inspire my work. Teaching is a true art and this quote from Albert Einstein summarizes the purpose of my work with them:
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."