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
- 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.
and maintain a trusting, interactive relationship that can promote social and
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.
can be found in the Interveners Minnesota brochure.
For a current schedule of Intervener training, contact Cathy Lyle at 612 638-1526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.