National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio (NICE) For Partners
Information for State Deaf-Blind Project and University Partners
The National Center on Deaf-Blindness, as a federally funded national technical assistance center, has the responsibility of providing support to any interested state deaf-blind project or university partner who would like to use the NICE system with groups of interveners. The goals of the technical assistance include:
- Supporting more interveners in demonstrating national competencies through certification.
- Helping state and university partners develop their networks of trained interveners and mentors.
- Increasing recognition for the intervener model, as well as the roles of professionals in supporting interveners.
- Supporting states and universities in ensuring that students or clients who are deaf-blind have access to high quality local intervention services.
Although technical assistance is tailored to the needs of the partner, there are basic supports that are offered to help interveners and mentors use NICE effectively. Using two NICE modules, states and university partners host groups of interveners and potential mentors (such as teachers with training in deaf-blindness or others) with technical support from NCDB. It may be that state or university partners choose to approach technical assistance in cohorts or groups, including partnering with groups from other states if there are shared goals and timelines. Also partners who have groups of interveners and mentors using NICE are supported through a private online community of practice group, where states and universities can engage in peer-to-peer conversations, problem solving, and learning with support from NCDB.
Interested state deaf-blind project or university partners should get connected with Amy Parker, the NCDB Intervener and Qualified Personnel Initiative Lead and Coordinator for Professional Development and Products at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.