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INTERVENERS

The term “intervener” applies specifically to a trained individual who works one-to-one with a child or student who is DeafBlind in home, school, and community settings. The concept of having a person work one-on-one with an individual who is DeafBlind is not new. What is different is the use of the title “intervener” to designate a person who has training in specialized skills related to deafblindness and who works consistently with one child or student.  The primary roles of the intervener are to:

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

This role is the key to the process of intervention for individuals with deafblindness. It connects the individual to the world and must be a part of everything that the intervener does. This role is applicable to all ages of children and youth who are DeafBlind from infancy through age 21, and it can be carried out in any setting, including early intervention, educational, and community programs.

Further information can be found in the Interveners Minnesota brochure.

For a current schedule of Intervener training, contact Cathy Lyle at 612 638-1526 or cathy.lyle@metroecsu.org.

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