Deafblind Interveners: Building a Profession


Session Abstract

Have you ever thought you’d like to work with children who are deafblind? Have you been intrigued by the stories of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan? If so, becoming an intervener might be a good carreer path for you. An intervener is someone who works one-to-one with a child who is deafblind, and who has training and specialized skills in deafblindness. This session will explain the role of interveners, and discuss current efforts to professionalize intervener services. An intervener training program available through Utah State University will be describes, along with how graduates of the program can obtain the National Intervener Credential, offered the National Resource Center for Paraeducators. Finally, videos will be shared of interveners working in classrooms with students who are deafblind.


Linda Alsop Alsop
Marilyn Likins