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

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

Paraprofessionals working with children and youth with combined vision and hearing impairment (deafblindness) are often in need of specialized training in order to support instruction and learning.  This summer training session will provide an overview of the key areas that should be addressed for all learners who are deafblind or at risk, and will also incorporate initial training for paraprofessionals and those wishing to become an Intervener. Additional training will occur late fall 2019 and include video-conference options.

What is an Intervener? An Intervener is a trained staff member who works one-on-one with a child who is deafblind to provide critical connections to other people and the environment. The Intervener opens channels of communication between the child and others, provides access to information, and facilitates opportunities for learning and development.

What is the importance of an Intervener? Deafblindness creates unique and complex challenges caused by the combined effect of both vision and hearing loss. These challenges are mainly in the area of communication, concept development, and social/emotional development. An Intervener responds to these challenges by serving as a bridge to the world for the child who is deafblind.

Provided by NEC: Mileage reimbursement, Lunch and Dinner on July 24th and 25th; Continental Breakfast Days July 24-26th; Accommodations available on a first-come-first-serve basis; Certificate of Attendance

Requirements: Submission of Application Form, Completion of Training Survey, FULL Attendance 

                                                                Training Schedule – Summer Session

July 24th – Wednesday - Day 1 (10-5:00)

  • Introduction to Deafblindness (Cathy & Tina; Tracey Frederick)
  • The Role of the Paraprofessional/Intervener
  • Intervention Strategies

July 25th – Thursday - Day 2 (9:00-5:00)

Morning Session

  • Hearing and Vision Loss and Impact of on Learning (Tina Hertzog) 
    • Working LUNCH – Simulation and Small Group Breakout

Afternoon Session

  • Communication & the Learner who is Deafblind (Cathy Lyle and Tracy Evans Luiselli)  

July 26th - Friday - Day 3 (9-12:30)

  • Concept Development (Tina Hertzog and Tracey Frederick)

TO REGISTER: To reserve your space & receive more information please complete and submit the attached registration form

ACCOMODATIONS:  Contact Linh Tran if you need a room via Boilinh.tran@perkins.org or (617) 972-7515

Paraprofessional/Intervener Training – Summer Session

July 24, 25, 26th, 2019

Location: Grousbeck Center, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA