Helpful resources and information from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Special Education:
Intervener services are provided by an intervener, typically a paraprofessional, who 1) has received specialized training in deaf-blindness; 2) works one-on-one with an infant, child, or youth who is deaf-blind; and 3) serves as a member of a child’s educational team.
More information and resources for interveners can be found at National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB
Read Increasing Recognition & Use of Interveners: State Success Stories featuring information of how states have furthered the practice of interveners in their states.
» National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio (NICE)For Interveners
If you are a practicing intervener or have participated in intervener training and are serving a deaf-blind student or client, the NICE system is a way for you to present artifacts from your practice to reviewers who did not train and who do not know you. Visit National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) for more information.
»Deaf-Blind Intervener Certification:
Central Michigan University (CMU) is offering an Undergraduate Certificate for those interested in becoming a Deaf-Blind Intervener. Interveners work one-to-one with students who are deaf-blind to help them reach their highest potential and improve their quality of life. They work as part of the educational team in local school districts and social agencies. National certification as a Deaf-blind Intervener can increase the employment opportunities for those in Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Communication Disorders, and American Sign Language.
Jumpstart your career goals with a certificate designed to enhance your professional skills within a focused discipline. Ranging from 12 to 18 credits, undergraduate certificates are built to showcase the competency and practical skills employers seek. Courses are offered online in condensed, 8-week terms to accommodate your schedule and lifestyle through convenience and flexibility.