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Children and Family Services

 
 

Sensity aims to foster communication, promote social inclusion, and provides support to children who are deafblind. By offering funding for Intervenor services and training opportunities for families and caregivers. Sensity is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the lives of these children, encouraging them to thrive within their communities.

Funding Program

Sensity’s Children’s and Family Services program is designed to support families of children who are deafblind up until the age of 21 years old in Ontario. This service aims to provide essential funding and support to enhance the lives of these children, promote their inclusion in the community, and empower their families and caregivers.

Sensity’s Children’s Intervenor Services Funding (CISF) program is a dedicated initiative crafted to provide essential support to families with a child who is deafblind. This program offers financial support enabling children to actively engage in recreational, educational, and cultural activities during key periods such as school breaks (Summer, Christmas, March Break). As the sole organization in Ontario offering this crucial service, Sensity has positively impacted over 80 families. The funding initiative is not just to cover salaries for Intervenor services but can also extend support to family caregivers, offering training opportunities related to deafblindness. This may include covering the costs associated with assessments and consultations.

It’s important to note that the Children’s Intervenor Services Funding (CISF) program operates solely on fundraising efforts and donations. Sensity does not receive government funding for this initiative, highlighting the organization’s commitment to filling crucial gaps in support for children who are deafblind and their families. At Sensity, our commitment is to make a lasting impact on the lives of children who are deafblind and their families by fostering a sense of community, support, and inclusion.

All Applications must be received by the Sensity office no later than April 19, 2024.

Workshops

As part of the Children and Family services, workshops are organized to provide training opportunities for families and caregivers supporting children who are deafblind. These workshops are seamlessly integrated into the Family Education Series, offering valuable insights, strategies, and resources to enhance their skills and knowledge in deafblindness support. Navigating the world as a parent of a child who is deafblind can be isolating and limited in information about deafblindness. We recognize the importance of continuous learning and skill development for those supporting individuals with deafblindness. Our family education and workshops series is designed to increase training, enhance skills and knowledge of individuals involved in services for children who are deafblind. These workshops cover various topics associated with deafblindness, sensory loss, and effective communication strategies.

Transition Planning

We believe strong planning is a necessary foundation for a smooth progression for children who are deafblind and approaching a transition to adult services. This service focuses on preparing individuals for these transitions in their lives, be it from one educational level to another or from childhood to adolescence. Recognizing that the transitional phase can often be confusing, Sensity aims to provide families with the support they need to navigate through this process with clarity and assurance.

Consultation Service

Our consultation service is designed to address specific needs and challenges related to deafblindness. Whether it involves assessing the unique requirements of a child, providing guidance on intervenor services strategies, or offering advice on creating a supportive environment, consultations are tailored to the individual needs of the child and their family.