2014 Role of the Intervener in the Home and Community across the Life Span
For individuals who are deaf-blind, issues of access to information and the environment are on-going. Families are finding that intervener services beyond the educational setting can be beneficial. This webinar, co-sponsored by NCDB and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) will explore the role an intervener can play within the home and community. A panel of parents, professionals and a consumer will discuss the need for and benefits of having intervener services across the life span. Panelists will share their perspectives on how intervener services differ across various settings (school, home, community) and share helpful information on the differences between an intervener, interpreter and support service provider (SSP).
David Wiley has worked for the last 25 years as the Transition Specialist for the Texas Deafblind Project, providing information and training about deaf-blindness and transition planning to schools, agencies, and families of children who are deaf-blind. In addition, he is co-editor of the Project’s publication, TX SenseAbilities, and co-chair of the Texas Interagency Task Force on Deafblindness.
Vivecca Hartman has been married for 22+ years and is a mother of two - a senior in college and a 17 year old in high school. Her 17-year-old is Christopher who was born congenitally deaf-blind due to Leber's congenital Amarousis ("LCA"). A CPA and CFP (R) by profession, her family's experiences has lead her to become a parent advocate and lifelong learner about deaf-blindness. Vivecca has a great passion for the role of the intervener and its influence on people who are deaf-blind.
Jacqueline Izaguirre is a parent of a daughter who is deaf-blind. As an advocate for her daughter’s education, she collaborated with educators to create an intervener program that became a statewide model for deaf-blind educational support services in Texas. She is currently in the process of becoming an intervener for adult services.
Patsy Izaguirre is an inspiration. After high school graduation, she attended Helen Keller National Center in Sands Point, New York. She has presented at the Texas Deaf-Blind Symposium, taught sign language for staff at Metroplex Hospital, and has shared her experience with technology with staff and students in her area elementary school.
Maria Geraldina (Geri) Ortiz is currently completing her practicum to earn the National Intervener Credential. She completed the training program in deaf-blindness and vision and hearing loss at Utah State University in May 2014. Geri has worked with individuals who are deaf-blind for many years. She has great passion for her work and, as a person who is deaf, brings a unique and important perspective to her interactions with her students.