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Interveners and Qualified Personnel

The focus of this initiative is to promote:

  • Recognition, training, certification, and use of interveners
  • Recognition, training, certification, and use of teachers of the deaf-blind
  • Professional development for teachers, related service providers, and others who work with children who are deaf-blind

Our goal is to create sustainable change at local, state, and national levels to ensure that all children who are deaf-blind are being served by personnel with expertise in deaf-blindness.

Initiative Lead

Technical Assistance & Support


NCDB works with partners throughout the field of deaf-blindness to identify useful information and promising strategies to support the use of interveners and teachers of the deaf-blind and inform advocacy and policy efforts. (See “Tools for Technical Assistance” below for links to resources developed to date.)

A number of state deaf-blind projects are leaders in these efforts. Read Increasing Recognition & Use of Interveners: State Success Stories.

Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules

The OHOA Modules were designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind. NCDB developed the modules and now provides consultation, technical support, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to state deaf-blind projects, colleges, and universities that are using OHOA for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Intervener training
  • Teacher preparation
  • Educational team training
  • Professional development

Learn about technical assistance related to OHOA

During September 2017 through May 2018, NCDB conducted an Intervener Training Pilot Project that was designed to help state deaf-blind projects create their own intervener training systems and increase the number of certified interveners in the United States. Materials created for this project are available for state deaf-blind projects to develop intervener training programs.

Intervener Certification

NCDB developed the National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio (NICE) system as an option for interveners to demonstrate they have met Council for Exceptional Children competencies. We now provide consultation and technical support to the Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center (PAR2A Center), which manages the review process and awards certificates, and to state deaf-blind projects that support interveners as they develop NICE portfolios.

NCDB is collecting perspectives of both interveners and mentors as they work through the NICE process. 

Importance notice: The NICE application fee of $40.00 has been extended. It will now be in affect through September 2019.

Development and Support for Teachers of Students Who Are Deaf-Blind

For many years, families and professionals have recognized a great need for highly trained, certified teachers of students who are deaf-blind. NCDB has joined in this effort by partnering to promote qualified teachers and coordinating a personnel preparation work group.

Initiative Background & Data Facts

Learn more about the intent of this national initiative and the unique role it plays to promote recognition of the need for qualified personnel for students who are deaf-blind.

Tools for Technical Assistance

Network Collaborations

Current Initiative Activities

NCDB : The Research Institute : Western Oregon University : 345 N. Monmouth Ave. : Monmouth, OR 97361
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