​   ​​The New England Consortium  on Deafblindness  (NEC)

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont


Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind

The Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB), within the Department of Rehabilitation Services  provides resources, comprehensive low vision services, specialized education services, life skills training, case management, and vocational services to individuals of all ages who are legally blind and to children who are visually impaired.
184 Windsor Avenue - Windsor, Connecticut  06095
Telephone:  860-602-4000
Toll-Free: 800-842-4510
Fax:   860-602-4020
TDD:  860-602-4221

e-mail: catherine.summ@ct.gov

​Web: http://www.ct.gov/besb/site/default.asp

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults

Mary Ellen Barbiasz, Director
Email | HKNC1meb@comcast.net

Email 2 | hkncinfo@hknc.org

781-259-7100 | Phone
516-944-8637 | TTY
866-596-8748 | Alt Phone
516-570-3614 | Videophone
516-944-7302 | Fax
Web |

Helen Keller is the only agency that provides vocational and rehabilitation services on a
national basis exclusively to youths and adults who are deaf-blind. For more information on programs and services in New England contact

National Family Association for Deafblind (NFADB)

141 Middle Neck Road | Sands Point, NY 11050
Email |

800-255-0411 | Phone

516-883-9060 | Fax
Web |

NFADB is a national network of families who focus on issues surrounding deafblindness. NFADB advocates for all persons who are deafblind, supports national policy to benefit people who are deafblind and encourages the founding and strengthening of family organizations in each state.

New England INDEX
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center
John Rochford, Director of Technology
University of Massachusetts Medical School

200 Trapelo Road | Waltham, MA 02452-6319
Email | techinfo@neindex.org

781-642-0255 | Phone

781-642-0122 | Fax

800-764-0200 | TTY
Web | http://neindex.org/

A project of the University of Massachusetts Medical School at the Shriver Center - UMASS. INDEX is a free information and referral service for people with disabilities. INDEX is a collection of the largest, the most complete and the most up-to-date databases of disability services in Massachusetts.  Information available includes a resource database of programs and agencies that provide services to individuals with disabilities and Consultant Registry, Physician Registry and a Dental Registry.

Special Child: This online publication provides educational resources and support to parents and caregivers of children, adolescents, and young adults with disabilities. You can read and share stories with other parents and providers, as well as locate useful resources and products.

Vision and Hearing Services

Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care
6917 Arlington Road | Suite 309 | Bethesda, MD 20814

Email | institute@ipfcc.org

301-652-0281 | Phone

301-652-0186 | Fax
Web | http://www.ipfcc.org/about/pinsponsor.html

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, a non-profit organization founded in 1992, takes pride in providing essential leadership to advance the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care. By promoting collaborative, empowering relationships among patients, families, and health care professionals, the Institute facilitates patient- and family-centered change in all settings where individuals and families receive care and support.

Hearing Direct

The Estate Office

Old Stockbridge Road | Sutton Scotney | Hampshire SO21 3JW
Email | web@hearingdirect.com
+ (00) 44 1962 761317 | Phone outside the UK
Web | http://www.hearingdirect.com/

Provide aids for the deaf covering a range of hearing disabilities.

​The Intervener in Early Intervention and Educational Settings for Children and Youth with Deafblindness

Intervention for individuals who are deafblind is a process that creates access to visual
and auditory information. It connects them to the world. The role of the intervener is to
facilitate this process. 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-to-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.

This briefing paper provides information about interveners and their role with individuals who are deafblind.  It describes the work of interveners in early intervention and educational settings provided under the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and Individualized Education Program (IEP) for children and youth who are deaf-blind, birth through 21 years of age.  Includes a discussion of issues, concepts, and terminology

For more information about the role of the intervener, please click on the link below:


National and Federal  Resources