2015 National Deaf-Blind Child Count Educational Supports
Data on children and youth receiving intervener services was collected on a pilot basis during the 2014 deaf-blind child count, with some state deaf-blind projects collecting the information. A total of 394 children and youth were reported as receiving intervener services on the 2014 National Deaf-Blind Child Count. The category was fully implemented in 2015, and 587 children and youth were reported as receiving intervener services on the 2015 National Deaf-Blind Child Count.
Interveners are a key player in providing access to a child or youth who is deaf-blind. They provide access to information, access to the environment, access to communication, and access to conceptual learning. While it is encouraging to see that 587 children and youth are receiving intervener services, it is also discouraging as this accounts for only about 6% of the population. Continued efforts are needed to implement the 2012 Intervener Service Recommendations.