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Work to Promote Teachers of the Deaf-Blind

Interveners and Qualified Personnel

This page was last updated on Aug 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm

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Teachers of students who are deaf-blind have the knowledge and skills required to collaboratively assess students who are deaf-blind and ensure they have appropriate individualized education programs. They may serve as classroom teachers or as itinerant teachers providing consultation to multiple classrooms. Competencies have been established by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Currently, there are very few teachers of the deaf-blind in the U.S., but efforts are underway to address this deficit by promoting training for and certification and recognition of teachers in this role. NCDB efforts fall into two areas.

  1. Raising awareness and informing advocacy and policy efforts
  2. NCDB is partnering with teachers, state deaf-blind project personnel, personnel preparation program faculty, and families to raise awareness and advocate for qualified teachers. Recent activities have included:

  3. Coordination of the Personnel Preparation Partnership Work Group
  4. This group consists of faculty at personnel preparation programs that provide instruction in deaf-blindness as part of their curricula. Recent activities have included:

If you are interested in joining efforts to promote teachers of the deaf-blind, contact Linda McDowell.

For more information about teachers of the deaf-blind, see the following publications:




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