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Interveners and Qualified Personnel

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Interveners and Qualified Personnel

This page was last updated on Oct 21, 2018 at 2:48 pm



  • We are making the OHOA Modules available in a web-based format, in additional to the Moodle format.  Currently, there are twelve modules available in the new format. The number will increase over the next few months.
  • The Module User Group has been discussing possibilities for projects to co-host modules or send participants to take modules hosted by other projects. Some opportunities include the option of earning university credits. Anyone interested in joining these conversations should email Julie Durando.

Intervener Services

  • Intervener Training Pilot Project update
    • We are almost to the end of the pilot...Cohorts 2 and 3 just wrapped up and Cohort 1 has just a few weeks left!
    • Eight states (AR, CA, DE, IL, LA, NC, TX, VA) and 21 intervener candidates participated in the project.
    • Monthly meetings with the participating SDBPs have covered a wide range of topics and provided the projects with some very useful peer-to-peer TA opportunities.
  • In response to requests from the SDBPs, NCDB is developing coaching materials.  These materials will be released to the SDBPs who are participating in the pilot. They will pilot them and provide feedback so that we can present the coaching package to the DB network. 

Supporting Teachers of Students who are Deaf-Blind

  • In December, we held our first Teacher of the Deaf-Blind Community of Practice planning meeting with interested state project partners.  In response to the meeting, a survey was sent out to the meeting participants to gauge interest and further explore the idea.  More information to come!



  • Wednesday, May 23 at 12 PT/1 pm MT/2 pm CT/3pm ET about iCanConnect. iCanConnect is a national deaf-blind equipment distribution program that provides individuals who have both significant vision and hearing loss with free equipment and training to help them stay connected with friends, family, and the world. Please join us for an overview of the program. Learn how it works, the types of equipment available, and how to connect with your local iCanConnect agency.  Log-in info can be found here.  No registration is required.
  • Wednesday, June 13 at 12pm PT / 1pm MT / 2pm CT/ 3pm ET - "Identifying and Serving Students who are DeafBlind with Formal Language: An Evolving Challenge for Our Field.' Please join us as Robbie Blaha and Matt Schultz, Education Consultants at the Texas Deafblind Project and Cathy Lyle, Educational Consultant at the Minnesota Deafblind Technical Assistance Project present.
  • Wednesday, July 18 at 12pm PT / 1pm MT / 2pm CT/ 3pm ET - "Individualized Instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum: An Introduction to Student Portfolios and Project-Based Learning." Please join us as Rachel Schles, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, NLCSD (National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities) Scholar, University of Pittsburgh presents.


New Tool Released

  • The Informal Functional Hearing Evaluation (IFHE), developed by TSBVI Outreach Services has been released and is available as a writable PDF document

NCDB I/QP Staff Presentations 

  • IQP Initiative Lead, Kristi Probst, conducted a presentation at the DBI Network of the Americas Conference entitled, "Measuring the longitudinal communication growth of learners who are deafblind." If you are interested in seeing the handouts of her presentation, they are available on the Perkins website.
  • Michael Norman, Julie Durando, Robin Greenfield, Molly McLaughlin, and Rose Moehring presented, “Hear and See” the voice of the Deafblind", representing five different state deaf-blind projects located at University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) as they share information about collaborations possible within the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) network.
  • IQP Initiative Lead, Kristi Probst, will be conducting two presentations at the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired's International Conference (July, 2018) entitled, "Training interveners, a pilot project you can use" and "Assessment of children who are deafblind."

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