The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Special Education provides helpful resources. For up-to-date news, click the following quick links or visit their website by clicking the OSPI logo to the right:

Monthly Updates

Washington State Needs Projects

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:

Are Intervener Services Appropriate for Your Student with Deaf-Blindness?: An IEP Team Discussion Guide

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.

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. For more information email Katie Humes, Director of the WA Deafblind Project.

» 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.

pdEnroller a mobile-friendly web service for event registration, payment, clock hour approval and clock hour recording.

Go to pdEnroller to apply for clock hours