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Interveners and Qualified Personnel
One issue that many in the field brought up during the process of gathering information for the recommendations (and after they were published) was concern about a focus solely on interveners and not on teachers of the deaf-blind or deaf-blind specialists. Here is a video of a parent’s perspective on this issue: http://vimeo.com/43132503. I’m also pasting a couple of sections from the recs that address this issue.
From the intro:
“An intervener is neither a teacher nor an expert in deaf-blind education. The provision of intervener services is not a panacea for surmounting the challenges inherent in educating a child who is deaf-blind. Rather, intervener services are one of a range of critical individualized supports that may be needed for children who are deaf-blind. Interveners work closely with other team members, and they need ongoing support from teachers of children who are deaf-blind and other experts in deaf-blindness.”
“Develop strategies to ensure that interveners have knowledgeable supervisors and access to experts in deaf-blindness who can provide consultation and coaching.” http://interveners.nationaldb.org/recommendation4.php).