Fall of 2008 and winter of 2009 my wife and I took the intervener class so we could gain a greater understanding of our Daughters Disabilities


Based on the National Intervener Competencies, the courses are designed to prepare paraprofessionals to work as interveners with children and youth who are deafblind.

An intervener is defined as a person who:

• Works consistently one-on-one with a student who is deafblind.

• Who has training and specialized skills related to deaf- blindness. The role of the intervener:

• Develop and maintain a trusting, interactive relationship that can promote social and emotional well-being.

• Facilitate access to the environmental information usually gained through vision and hearing, but which is unavailable or incomplete to the individual who is deafblind.

• Facilitate the development and/or use of receptive and expressive communication skills by the individual who is deafblind.  

Deaf Blind a Real Vision