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An Intervener is a person who works consistently one-to-one with an individual who is deafblind and has training and specialized skills in deafblindness.
An intervener provides a bridge to the world for the student who is deafblind. The intervener helps the student gather information, learn concepts and skills, develop communication and language, and establish relationships that lead to greater independence. The intervener is a support person who does with, not for the student. Specialized training is needed to become an effective intervener. Training should address a wide range of topics necessary to understanding the nature and impact of deafblindness, the role of the intervener, and appropriate educational strategies to work with students with combined vision and hearing loss (Alsop, Killoran, Robinson, Durkel, & Prouty, 2004; McGinnes, 1986; Robinson et al., 2000).
A Family's Guide to Interveners describes the role of interveners and intervener services in meeting the needs of children who are deafblind. The 62 page booklet can be ordered as hard copy or viewed online. The hard copy booklet is accompanied by a DVD and questions to ask during IEP development.
Online Intervener Training Program in deafblindness available through Utah State University. These courses can be useful for parents as well as teachers, adult service providers and interveners.
The Oregon Deafblind Project is funded through grant award # H326T130008, OSEP CFDA 84.326T, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education (OSEP), OSEP Project Officer: Susan Weigert.
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