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Family Guide: Interveners

What is an Intervener?

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).

Intervener Resources

National Intervener Certification e-Portfolio

The National Intervener Certification E-portfolio (NICE) System is an assessment process that interveners can use to submit evidence of their knowledge and skills.

Intervener Website from the SKI-HI Institute

NCDB Intervener Services Page

List of intervener resources from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness website.