“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.”

– Helen Keller

What is the project all about?

There are over 60,000 seniors that are living with a combined vision and hearing loss in Ontario. While it is true that vision and hearing loss are a natural part of the aging process, the idea that nothing can be done about it is a regrettable, long-held belief. Without access to support for their vision and hearing loss, seniors are becoming withdrawn, socially isolated, and disoriented.

Zoom In & Redefine Sensory Loss Partnership Project is geared towards finding sustainable solutions to support one of the most vulnerable groups in Ontario. By promoting awareness of the unique needs of seniors living with dual sensory loss, we will ensure that medical, mental health, and other community professionals will have access to the tools necessary to provide proper support for those in their care.

Senior citizen sitting outside in wheelchair. Woman in scrubs standing behing him leaning over and smiling at him.
Two senior citizens sitting at a table. Only thier hands are showing. One is touching an iPad, the ther is holding a pair of glasses.

Who will benefit?

Zoom In & Redefine Sensory Loss Partnership Project strives to create a better environment for seniors with a dual sensory loss, and for their care providers, including social service providers, personal support workers, and family members.

If you could no longer see or hear, how would you access information about your environment? Under the Communication section of this website, we have provided suggestions for alternative forms of communications that you can try out with the seniors in your care and see if they work for you and your team.

Partnering Agencies

This project was made possible by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Ontario Trillium Foundation