Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules

The OHOA learning modules are a national online resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind. Come join the Washington Cohort series which is tailored specifically for our State’s unique needs. These training modules are free, self-paced, and offer clock hours.  Registration for this series has closed.

Who Should Participate:

  • Paraeducators
  • Interveners
  • Teachers, TVIs and TODs
  • Special Education administrators who want to learn more about preparing paraeducators to work with children with complex needs, including vision and hearing loss
  • Preschool Transition Coordinators
  • Parents of children with complex needs, including vision and hearing loss
  • OTs, PTs, SLPs

The Washington Cohort will focus on the following modules for the 2019 Winter/Spring Series:

Welcome and Orientation (January 28 – February 3, 2019)

Module 10: Concept Development and Responsive Environments (February 4 – 24, 2019)

Module 11: Deaf-Blind Intervener Strategies (February 25 – March 10, 2019)

Module 13: Calendars (March 11 – 31, 2019)

Module 17: Social Skills and Peer Relationships (April 1 – 21, 2019)

Download a copy of the 2019 Winter/Spring schedule (PDF)

Note: as with any educational resource, the modules alone do not constitute a formal training program. Completion of the modules in isolation from a training program does not result in one becoming a trained intervener.

Deaf-Blind Intervener Training:
Interested in completing a Deafblind Intervener Certificate Program? Please contact the Washington Deaf-Blind Project/WSDS at 800-572-7000, or email,, for information about training programs and a coaching opportunity as a WA State resident.

National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

To begin immediately and bypass registration, visit the NCDB website –  Click here to begin with NCDB

*Please note – the national modules do not offer Washington State clock hours and/or a module completion certificate.