FREE On-Line Paraprofessional/Intervener Training
For Personnel Working with Children who have Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (Deafblind)
Beginning January 15th, 2018
The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance (NEC) is collaborating with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) to provide regional intervener training during the 2018 school year (states of CT, ME, MA & NH). The training provides a wonderful opportunity for schools or programs with paraprofessionals/aides, teachers or service providers who would like to receive FREE intervener training. Participants who complete ALL requirements will receive a $300 stipend from NEC. Note – space is limited
Training will include:
- An online training hosted by an expert in deaf-blindness/sensory loss and additional disabilities—using modules developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness. NOTE: Often, children with multiple disabilities have vision and hearing loss that goes undetected or staffs are unaware of the impact of sensory loss on learning and effective intervention strategies.
- Coaching and consultation from New England Consortium (NEC) personnel as needed.
- NEC support of the candidate to develop a portfolio required for national certification.
Interveners help schools meet the challenge of providing students who are deaf-blind with access to information they are unable to gather via vision and hearing. An intervener works one-on-one with a student, facilitating communication and supporting concept development. In educational settings, interveners are typically para-educators (paraprofessional, ed techs) who have received specialized training in deaf-blindness and the process of intervention. Nationwide, there exists a great need for trained interveners and there is a federal initiative to increase the number of trained interveners.
Participating schools and agencies must have:
- A child with deaf-blindness for whom the intervener candidate will provide one-to-one intervention and support during the 2018 school year.
- An established educational team for the child (including family members) that supports the intervener candidate as he or she participates in the training program.
- Administrators who are knowledgeable about the role of an intervener and actively support the position.
- A willingness to work with NEC personnel as they provide technical assistance to the intervener candidate and possibly the team as a whole.
- The ability to provide release time and support will increase the likelihood that the intervener candidate will complete the training.
Benefits to Schools/Agencies and Children
Benefits of this training program include:
- High-quality professional development for the intervener
- Increased knowledge and skills for the intervener regarding the use of evidence-based practices
- Interveners that meet Council for Exceptional Children competencies
- National Intervener Certification track
- Anticipated improved student outcomes
During the training, participants will receive:
- Feedback on all assignments
- Support and monitoring to ensure active engagement
- Opportunities for discussion with other participants via web conferencing
- Coaching and consultation from NEC staff – within the New England area
- Mentoring to develop an intervener portfolio