Intervener Training Series
Each year the Minnesota DeafBlind Project, collaboration with the Minnesota Low Incidence Project - DeafBlind, offers a six-weekend training series for new interveners and licensed staff who are working directly with students with combined hearing and vision loss. Training typically occurs in October, November, January, February, March and April, for a total of 66 hours. Administrative approval is required prior to registering for the training because of limited space.
A flyer, similar to this one, is sent out to multiple statewide mailing lists in late spring. School districts are encouraged to communicate early with the education specialist because space is limited to 40 people. Training is provided by a combination of state and national experts in the field of deafblindness.
For those interested in pursuing certification, mentoring and support is offered for the National Intervener Certification ePortfolio process from the Minnesota DeafBlind Project. As of November 2019, Minnesota has five interveners who have completed the NICE process.
The National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio (NICE) process is entering its third year of operation. During the first few years of NICE, as the process was in the start-up phase, the application fee was set low at $40.00. Now that it is well-established, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness and the Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center (PAR²A Center) have determined that the fee should be increased to $75.00. This is necessary to provide the PAR2A Center with sustainable funding for the intensive review process required to evaluate each portfolio. The new application fee of $75 will go into effect January 1, 2020.