The Kansas Deaf-Blind Project is a federally funded grant designed to provide technical assistance to educational teams and families who serve learners with deaf-blindness in Kansas. Our Project goals include:
The term “Intervener” is being heard more and more, but what exactly is it? An Intervener is a person who works consistently one-to-one with an individual who is deafblind, and has training and specialized skills in deafblindness. To learn more about deafblindness and how it impacts the learning of a child, the role of an Intervener for a child with deafblindness, how to become a Nationally Credentialed Intervener, and much more, please visit this website: www.intervener.org You can also watch some video clips from parents talking about how important an Intervener has been to their child’s learning.
Interveners are being recognized more across the country as the bridge to the world for a person with deafblindness, not only in schools, but also in the home and community setting. Here is information on the importance of the Role of the Intervener in the Home and Community across the Life Span and includes videos, a webinar, presentations and more related info: http://nationaldb.org/library/page/2495
Due to the increased awareness of the importance of Interveners, there are changes coming on a National level to expand opportunities for Interveners to obtain a state or national certificate or credential. Here’s more info on this great step forward in the right direction: https://nationaldb.org/blog/post/36
Here is a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge and skills related to intervention. It is called Open Hands Open Access Intervener Learning Modules and can be accessed for FREE. These can be found here: https://nationaldb.org/ohoa with additional information found here in their webinar: http://nationaldb.org/library/page/2271
The Kansas Deaf-Blind Project has partnered with the KS Department of Education (KSDE) to offer someone the opportunity to take online classes to become a trained Intervener, with the option of becoming Nationally Credentialed. View the Kansas Deaf-Blind Project website for more info: http://kansasdeafblind.kssdb.org/services/training/intervener
A quick search in the website for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness shows many more articles on the subject of Interveners: http://nationaldb.org/library/search/?search=intervener&format=json
Kansas is a leader in providing intervention services with Nationally Credentialed Interveners in the state. Stay tuned to training opportunities in the spring of 2015.
Opportunities for Families
The Kansas School for the Deaf invites families to join with a Connecting Families One Cup at a Time with various locations in Kansas.
Check Out this Webinar
The Impact of Technology in the Life of a Person who is Deaf-Blind
featuring our own Dinell Smith along with Maricar Marquez and Marcia Brooks