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The National Deafblind Awareness Month initiative is made up of service providers and consumer groups working in partnership to publicize June as Deafblind Awareness Month. Our goal is to share information about the unique disability of deafblindness and the supports available through intervenor services with members of the public. We are interested in planning and executing an annual deafblind awareness campaign each June that is celebrated from coast to coast.

On June 26, 2015, the Canadian Senate passed a motion to recognize June as Deafblind Awareness Month across Canada. This motion will help "to promote public awareness of deaf-blind issues and to recognize the contribution of Canadians who are deaf-blind." It will additionally "recognize the strength, courage and dedication that deaf-blind people show every day in living their lives and facing their daily challenges." June is also the birth month of Helen Keller, an internationally recognized person who lived with deafblindness.

Spread the word about deafblindness and make a wave from coast to coast at the following events across Canada:

May 26 & 27: Intervenor Services Human Resources Strategy Event
Participating Organizations: 21 Intervenor Service Agencies in Ontario
www.intervenorservices.com

May 28: "Color Me Rad" 5K Run
Participating Organizations: CHKC, plus other organizations interested in kicking off Deafblind Awareness Month
www.colormerad.com/location/toronto

Month of June: Art Display at the Maria A Shchuka Branch of the Toronto Public Library
Participating Organizations: CHKC, CDBA Ontario and DeafBlind Ontario Services

Month of June: eBay auction (under Deafblind Awareness)
Participating Organization: CHKC
www.ebay.ca

Month of June: etsy sale of Sensory Exploration Arts works (under DBOSart)
Participating Organization: DeafBlind Ontario Services
www.etsy.com

June 1: Consumer throws out the first pitch at Blue Jay's Game
Participating Organization: CDBA Ontario
www.cdbaontario.com

June 1: Junefest
Participating Organizations: CHKC and other Intervenor Service Agencies in Ontario
www.junefest.ca

June 1: Visit to Canadian Human Rights Museum
Participating Organizations: RCMDB

June 2: Lighting the CN Tower
Participating Organization: CDBA Ontario
www.cntower.ca

June 3-4: CDBA Ontario booth at Springtime in Paris event
Participating Organization: CDBA Ontario
www.springtimeinparis.ca

June 3-4: Pro-Tactile Workshop
Participating Organization: RCMDB
www.rcmdb.mb.ca

June 4: Vaughan Accessibility Fair
Participating Organization: DeafBlind Ontario Services
www.vaughan.ca

June 6, 1-4 pm: Interactive Tour of Toronto Zoo
Participating Organization: Deaf-Blind Adventurers
For more information: contact Robin and Lessette at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 6, 1-3 pm: School Group Presentation at Riverdale Library
Participating Organization: CHKC
www.chkc.org

June 8: Reception hosted by Senate of Canada
Participating Organizations: CHKC; DeafBlind Ontario Services; CDBA Ontario plus others

June 13: Deafblind Awareness Fair at Roundhouse Community Centre in downtown Vancouver
Participating Organizations: Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf and Deaf-Blind Planning Committee

June 13: Tandem Biking
Participating Organization: RCMDB
www.rcmdb.mb.ca

June 14: Presentation to Innisfil Accessibility Committee
Participating Organization: DeafBlind Ontario Services
www.deafblindontario.com

June 16: Picnic
Participating Organization: RCMDB & MDBA
www.rcmdb.mb.ca

June 17: Awareness booth at Toronto City Hall main lobby
Participating Organization: CHKC
www.chkc.org

June 18-19: CHKC Training Centre open house and garage sale
Participating Organization: CHKC
www.chkc.org

June 18: Usher Syndrome Awareness Event in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
Participating Organization: Association du Syndrome de Usher du Quebec
www.asuq.powweb.com

June 20: Celebration of RCH/CHKC amalgamation
Participating Organizations: RCH/CHKC
www.chkc.org

June 21: Deafblind Awareness Evening, Toronto Public Libraries Art Exhibit
Participating Organizations: CHKC; Deafblind Ontario Services; CDBA Ontario

June 21: Splash Dash Tour boat
Participating Organization: RCMDB
www.rcmdb.mb.ca

June 24: Intervenor Fest
Participating Organization: Intervenor Organization of Ontario
www.intervenors.ca

June 27: Lighting the Peace Bridge
Participating Organization: CDBA Ontario
www.peacebridge.com

June 27: Mae Brown room dedication
Participating Organization: CHKC
www.chkc.org

June 28: Deafblind Services - What's New? Information for Clients
Participating Organization: CNIB Ontario (London)
www.cnib.ca

June 30: Gimli Trip
Participating Organization: RCMDB
www.rcmdb.mb.ca

TBD: TSX
Participating Organization: CDBA Ontario
www.cdbaontario.com

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