A Community of Practice for Deafblindness to Exchange Knowledge and Rehabilitation Practices

  • Bernadette Gavouyère, Catherine Houtekier, Walter Wittich
  • Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, July 2019, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0145482x19865392

How to bring professionals together that work with persons affected by deafblindness

Photo by Perry Grone on Unsplash

Photo by Perry Grone on Unsplash

What is it about?

Our team is presenting the process of developing an on-line community on practice that serves the specific needs of professionals that work with persons affected by deafblindness. Specifically, this resources in bilingual in English and French, to serve its Canadian context.

Why is it important?

Deafblindess is considered a low-incidence impairment; however, considerable resources are required to serve this population. Professionals with experience and expertise in deafblindness remain rare and at times geographically isolated. Through this on-line resource, they can connect, exchange ideas and form a community.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

This was my first experience as a researcher working in the context of a community of practice, and I realized that the priorities of the clinical and rehabilitation partners at times differed from my priorities as a researcher. However, it because an excellent knowledge exchange exercise for all parties involved and we hope that this community of practice will inspire similar activities elsewhere.

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The following have contributed to this page: Bernadette Gavouyère and Dr Walter Wittich