Rotary Cheshire Homes

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Providing Housing & Services to Persons Who are Deaf-Blind
 

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  What is an Intervenor?
 

   An Intervenor is a paid professional trained to provide auditory and visual information to persons who are deaf-blind.
 
  Acting as the eyes and ears, the intervenor provides complete information of the environment and surrounding circumstances to the person who is deaf-blind who is unable to attain this information for him/herself because of the dual sensory loss.
 
  An intervenor also acts as an interpreter-guide. Using various modes of communication, an intervenor provides opportunities for persons who are deaf-blind to gain independence, pursue his/her goals, have control over his/her life and interact with his/her environment.
 

Consumer & IV

Visit the  Intervenor Organization of Ontario web site


   Scheduling of Intervenor Services
 

   Consumers are able to request Intervenor Services between the hours of 8:00 am to 12:00 am on a regular basis. If service is required outside of these times, some accommodations can be made.
 
  Consumers decide on the times they would like an intervenor and submit their requests to the manager who then co-ordinates a schedule based on consumer need and intervenor availability. Day to day changes are made to the schedule for unexpected circumstances in which an intervenor is required.
 
 

IV and Consumer
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   RCH currently employs full and part-time intervenors - all of whom can effectively communicate with the consumers.
 
  There is a good balance in the skills and interests of the intervenors. While some may be professionally trained interpreters, others may have a background in recreational education.
 
  It is important that intervenors have a strong awareness and understanding of deaf-blindness, and the ability to promote consumer independence.
 
 

IV and Consumer 

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   Consumers who live at the RCH apartment building have access to 3.5 hours of one-on-one Intervenor Services per day, seven days a week as well as access to an On-Duty Intervenor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
 
  This person is available in the RCH office for any unscheduled assistance required by consumers, as well as to provide safety and security of the building.
 
 

At Queen's Park

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   All employees of RCH are required to follow the Code of Ethics established by the Intervenor Organization of Ontario (IOO). The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to provide guidelines for RCH's employees that will ensure a professional quality and standard of service being provided to RCH's consumers. The Code of Ethics states that:

  • All employees use the preferred mode of communication of the individual they are working with.
     
  • All employees are capable of using various modes of communication when working with an individual who is deaf-blind.
     
  • All employees should continue to gain knowledge in the field of deaf-blindness and intervenor services in order to maintain professional standards.
     
  • All employees should liaise with other professionals in the field of deaf-blindness in order to determine and respond to service needs.
     
  • Those involved in the profession should advocate for accessibility.
     
  • When the staff person's role changes to the role of interpreter, they will do their best to transmit the message to the person who is deaf-blind, faithfully conveying its intent and spirit.
     
  • All employees conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting the profession.
 

IV and Consumer

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Rotary Cheshire Homes Inc.
101-422 Willowdale Avenue
North York, Ontario
M2N 5B1

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