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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.
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
Intervener Training and Certification Resources
In the U.S., state deaf-blind projects and non-degree online university-based programs (Central Michigan University and Utah State University) are the primary sources of intervener training. Coaching and supervision, in addition to coursework, are essential.
In collaboration with state deaf-blind projects and other experts, NCDB has created a number of resources to support intervener training and certification.
- Intervener Training Resources for State Deaf-Blind Projects - Resources for using the OHOA Modules, supporting interveners through the NICE process, providing coaching, and conducting training programs.
- National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio (NICE) - NCDB provides consultation and technical support to the Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center (PAR2A Center), which manages the NICE review process and awards certificates, and to state deaf-blind projects that support interveners as they develop NICE portfolios. Learn about technical assistance and support for NICE.
- NICE Certification Perspectives - Interviews with interveners and mentors who have participated in NICE.
Development and Support for Teachers of Students Who Are Deaf-Blind
For many years, families, and professionals have recognized a 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
Current Initiative Activities