Knowledge Exchange

Participation Experiences of People with Deafblindness or Dual Sensory Loss

The Centre for Studies in Aging & Health was pleased to feature PhD Candidate Atul Jaiswal for this free Research & Innovation in Aging Forum webinar introducing the condition of dual sensory loss or deafblindness. The characteristics, epidemiology and impact of dual sensory loss on life were explored. The unique participation experiences of three categories of individuals in this population was discussed. 


Atul Jaiswal is a final year doctoral candidate at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University. Atul is from India, where he previously worked for five years as an Occupational Therapist, disability rehabilitation social worker, and Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) professional. He received a gold medal during his Master’s degree in Social Work in Disability Studies and wasinstrumental in initiating a successful advocacy campaign for people with disabilities(resulting in sanction of INR 15 millionduring his fellowship. He is a recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship and currently pursuing his doctoral research to understand the participation experiences of persons with deafblindness and ways to enhance their participation in society. His current work also focuses on understanding the use of assistive technology for people with deafblindness. To know more visit

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