Interveners are individuals who help provide access to visual and auditory information for individuals with deafblindness. Intervener services are provided by an individual who:
1) has received specialized training in deaf-blindness.
2) works one-on-one with a child or youth who is deaf-blind, keeping in mind the principle “Do with, not for.”
3) works under the supervision of a teacher who is informed about the intervener role and effective teaming.
4) serves as a member of a child’s educational team.
Visit the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) for helpful resources:
Read Increasing Recognition & Use of Interveners: State Success Stories featuring information of how states have furthered the practice of interveners in their states.
» 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-on-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.
» 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.