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Interveners and Qualified Personnel
The focus of this national initiative continues to be the implementation of the 2012 Intervener Service Recommendations, which describe the need for qualified interveners and for those interveners to have access to qualified supervisors, coaches and teachers. This work is also guided by the recognition of the specific needs for qualified personnel in deaf-blindness and the integration of CEC competencies. Partners in the initiative include practitioners in the field, teachers, interveners, state deaf-blind project staff, university faculty members, family members and representatives from professional organizations.
Technical Assistance & Support
The Technical Assistance (TA) within this initiative supports network collaboration towards the development of communities of practice in the following areas:
- Use of the OHOA Modules for professional development.
- Establishment of a sustainable system for providing qualified interveners to work with students who are deaf-blind including advocacy, training and demonstration of competency.
- Support for professionals working with children who are deaf-blind through professional development activities and recognition for the role of the Teacher of the Deaf-Blind.
- Development of partnerships with existing personnel preparation programs to inform TA, national competencies, evidence based practice, and the need for qualified personnel in low incidence population.
Technical Assistance Activities
The activities within this initiative rely on collaboration with the DB TA Network, personnel preparation programs, family organizations, consumer organizations, and professional organizations in order to maximize the assets in our low incidence field and to create sustainable changes at the local, state and national levels to develop qualified personnel.Universal
- Support for the development and use of products including the NCDB website, OHOA modules and the Venture platform for NICE, the national certification process.
- Organization and dissemination of resources and success stories related to coaching, mentoring and collaboration.
- Organization and dissemination of programs and opportunities for training and education of interveners, TA providers and other education professionals.
- Organization and dissemination of evidence based practice and research in the field of deaf-blindness.
- Training opportunities in the form of webinars and presentations.
- Facilitation of peer-to-peer TA around use of the OHOA modules in TA and for the training of interveners.
- Facilitation of peer to peer TA to assist in the development of program guidelines, mentoring, consultation and coaching to improve TA and training of interveners.
- Facilitation of state TA to develop a systems approach to instituting intervener services within a state including building recognition, policy, and regulation.
- Facilitation of a group of individuals from institutions of higher education and from the DB TA Network to jointly address systems needs for developing qualified teachers.
- Support for states who are developing options for intervener training
- Support for state projects in the development of coaching and mentoring models.
- Support for states who are mentoring cohorts of interveners thru the NICE Certification process
- Support and consultation for the Para2Center in the development, training, and use of the NICE Review Board, management of the review process and clarification of the roles for preparing and supporting candidates.
Requesting Technical Assistance
Understand the intent of this national initiative and the unique role it plays in promoting the recognition of the need for qualified personnel for students who are deaf-blind at the local level.
Tools for Technical Assistance
Current Initiative Activities