About Us

Who We Are

CNSDB has a volunteer national Board of Directors comprised of five people who are deaf-blind and three associate members (people who are not deaf-blind).


Our Accomplishments

Since its inception, CNSDB has been an active participant in a number of important projects.

CNSDB partnered with the Canadian Deafblind and Rubella Association (now called canadian deafblind association CDBA) to undertake the “Study of Deaf-Blind Demographics and Services in Canada” project. We are proud that CNSDB successfully applied for funding from the Federal government’s Social Development Partnership Program, which was a key milestone in making this project possible. This project was published in January 2005.

Hosted conferences such as the Out reach Conference of Deaf-Blind People, which was held at the University of Toronto in 1986.  In 1996, CNSDB coordinated the Reaching Out National Canadian Conference of Deaf-Blind People. As well, we advocated for funding so that members could attend the 2004 Deafblind International conference in Ontario.

Supported the development of Rotary Cheshire Homes, which operates North America’s only barrier-free independent living residence with intervenor services for people who are deaf-blind.

Involved in planning and implementation of the George Brown College Intervenor Program.

Encouraged deaf-blind representatives and intervenors to participate in conferences such as Helen Keller World Conferences and conferences of the American Association of the Deaf-Blind.


History of The Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind

The Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind, Inc. (CNSDB) was registered in 1985 as a national consumer-run advocacy association dedicated to helping Canadians who are deaf-blind achieve a higher quality of life.


Board Members as of 2012 - 2014

Megan McHugh, ON

First Vice President  
Christine Roschaert, PQ

Second Vice President
Ryan McNary, AB

Jennifer Robbins, ON


Members at Large:            

Brenda Erlandson, BC

Michael McNeely, ON

Cynthia Pominville, AB


Special Advisors:

Jane Sayer, MB

Christine Payne, ON

Kim Wrigley-Archer, ON


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