This two-semester training includes online course modules completed asynchronously, with three synchronous class meetings each semester. The cost of this eight-month training is $480 ($240 per class).
The training utilizes 11 prescribed and one elective learning module from the Open Hands, Open Access Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules, which are aligned with all seven of the CEC standards for special education paraeducators intervener for individuals with deafblindness.
During the training, participants will receive:
Fall 2021: August 23, 2021 - December 10, 2021
SPED 9100: Overview of Deafblindness & the Role of the Intervener
Spring 2022: January 24, 2022 - May 13, 2022
SPED 9101: Intervener Practices for Learners Who Are Deafblind
The first course is intended to offer background knowledge necessary for paraeducators serving learners who are deafblind, including the role of the intervener in educational settings. Course content includes an overview of deafblindness and instructional strategies, the importance of building trusting relationships and positive self-image, an overview of sensory systems and ways that learners who are deafblind access information and ways to understand what may impact the ability of learners to actively engage in educational programs.
The second course builds on information provided in the first course and includes understanding essential intervener strategies such as pacing and sensory processing, and key principals of the intervener motto, “Do with, not for.” Course content also includes the dynamics of communication exchanges and how to gather useful information for building effective communication systems, strategies for supporting the development of concepts, and utilizing routines and calendar systems to support access, anticipation and language acquisition.
Once you have completed the necessary coursework, submit the Certificate of Completion Request Form: