Sensory and demographic characteristics of deafblindness rehabilitation clients in Montréal, Canada

  • Dual sensory impairment
  • Walter Wittich, Donald H Watanabe, Jean-Pierre Gagné
  • Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, February 2012, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-1313.2012.00897.x

Who are the people that have both vision and hearing loss?

What is it about?

This study describes the people that receive rehabilitation services for both vision- and hearing-loss in the Montreal region. Epidemiology studies often report prevalence and incidence data, but more detailed descriptions of this population are very rare.

Why is it important?

In order to best serve this population of clients with combined vision and hearing loss, we need to know who they are, and also know more about what their needs are. In addition, service providers need to properly plan and budget their services, in order to best provide then support that is available and needed. To do this, descriptions like the one presented here are essential.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

The level of collaboration among our local rehabilitation service organizations was remarkable. Without their contribution this type of research would not be possible. Therefore, I thank the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, the Institut Raymond-Dewar and the Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille for their ongoing support.

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