About Us

We believe that the principle of equal rights and self-determination is the cornerstone to living a meaningful and fulfilled existence. It is the path to happiness, growth and independence.

At Sensity we deliver meaningful experiences for people who are deafblind, so they are empowered to make their own choices and to experience life to its fullest.

Sensity provides Intervenor Services for children and adults across Ontario, delivered by our staff of professional intervenors. We also provide intervenor training to ensure our standards meet the needs of the deafblind community. Our headquarters are centrally located in Paris, Ontario with program locations across the province.

Sensity is a member of the Deafblind Network of Ontario and Deafblind International.

Sensity provides services for individuals in any life stage. We offer a broad spectrum of flexible programs and services for each segment of the population including individuals who are deafblind, families, children, adults, other agencies that work with the deafblind community and the general public. Sensity offers Intervenor Services, funding for Children’s Intervenor Services, and comprehensive education, training and consultation opportunities.

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Our History

Sensity Deafblind and Sensory Support Network of Canada (Sensity) is a registered charity providing services to members of the deafblind community and people with multiple sensory impairments. Sensity is recognized within Canada and around the world as a leader in the provision of Intervenor Services, the specialized role of those working with people who are deafblind.

Sensity was originally incorporated in 1991 as the Canadian Deafblind and Rubella Association (Ontario Chapter) Inc. At the time, Rubella was the leading cause of congenital deafblindness. Due to the success of Rubella immunization programs, the incidence of Rubella as a cause of deafblindness decreased significantly.

Therefore, Rubella was removed from the name to be more inclusive, recognizing the wide variety of people in need of Intervenor Services.

As CDBA Ontario, we provided Intervenor Services to a wide spectrum of people who are deafblind, including children, families and adults of all ages.

In addition, we have partnered with many community agencies to provide training, consultation and support to anyone providing Intervenor Services to people who are deafblind.

As of January 2019, we are now Sensity. Our new name reflects our commitment to supporting Canadians experiencing a range of sensory impairment. We bring the leadership, knowledge and experience we have developed in support of the deafblind community to sensory impairment applications. Sensity proudly continues to provide services to members of the deafblind community across Ontario, with a long-term goal of developing a national network.

deafblind people communicating with sign language

Deafblindness

Deafblindness is a distinct disability. Deafblindness is a combined loss of hearing and vision to such an extent that neither the hearing nor vision can be used as a means of accessing information to participate and be included in the community.

Accessibility Services

Accessibility

Sensity is committed to providing accessible services to all individuals with disabilities. Our Resource Centre is the first in the province that is uniquely designed to meet the accessibility needs of individuals who are deafblind. If you have identified a barrier to accessing our services, feel free to get in touch.

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Board of Directors

Sensity is governed by a volunteer board of directors, consisting of 12 members from various professional backgrounds across the province of Ontario. Our governance board is responsible for looking at the strategic direction of the organization and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer to review and establish policy.

 

BOD 2019-2020

Resource Centre

Our Resource Centre in Paris, Ontario provides access to multisensory rooms and technology to assist people who are deafblind. This includes a Snoezelen Room, Music Room, Sensory Garden and our RC Store.

Snoezelen Room

Snoezelen Room

Our Snoezelen Room is a controlled multisensory environment where people with deafblindness can experience a soothing and stimulating experience. The concept of Snoezelen was defined in the late 1970's. The word "Snoezelen" is a contraction of the Dutch verbs "snuffelen" (to seek out or explore) and "doezelen" (to relax).

Music Room

Music Room

The Music Room is a therapeutic and recreational room that is a happy, creative, relaxed and accepting environment. Individuals with deafblindness can experience music together with a group, or alone. Our Music Room features 10 unique pieces of equipment.

Sensory Garden

Sensory Garden

The Sensory Garden is a peaceful environment where individuals can stimulate their senses through discovering colours, scents, sounds, tastes and textures. Our beautiful garden features an herb wall, garden plants and pollinators, a water feature, unique log furniture, a swing, music bench, a willow tunnel and an outdoor music space and instruments.

Apartments & housing for deafblind people

Apartments & Housing

We are proud of the accessible apartment complex we built adjacent to our Resource Centre in Paris. The apartments were designed from the ground up to support the needs of people who are deafblind. We believe the Paris apartment complex is a model for accessible housing to pursue in other communities.

RC store at Sensity

RC Store

Purchase a unique gift at the RC Store. It features one-of-a-kind items including, art, crafts, jewelry, decorations, greeting cards and ceramics, all handmade by individuals who are deafblind. 100 per cent of all sales are returned to the artisan. Our volunteer associates who are deafblind help run and maintain the store in a safe and secure work environment. The RC Store encourages these individuals to engage in our work experience program to develop transferable skills and knowledge such as customer service, communication and budgeting as preparation for employment in the local community.

Changing Lives

Our intervenors are personal connections that help each individual communicate with the world around them in their own unique way, to be heard and understood. With a career at Sensity, you will exercise creativity and experience personal growth and fulfillment through meaningful human connections.

Are you ready to change a life?