FREE On-Line Paraprofessional/Intervener Training
Beginning October 4, 2018 - January 30, 2019

The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance (NEC) is collaborating with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) to provide regional intervener training during the 2018 school year (states of CT, ME, MA & NH). The training provides a wonderful opportunity for schools or programs with paraprofessionals/aides, teachers or service providers who would like to receive FREE intervener training. Participants who complete ALL requirements will receive a $300 stipend from NEC.  Note - space is limited.  

Training will include:

  • An online training hosted by an expert in deaf-blindness/sensory loss and additional disabilities—using modules developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness.  NOTE:  Often, children with multiple disabilities have vision and hearing loss that goes undetected or staffs are unaware of the impact of sensory loss on learning and effective intervention strategies. 

  • Coaching and consultation from New England Consortium (NEC) personnel as needed.

  • NEC support of the candidate to develop a portfolio required for national certification.

Why Interveners?

Interveners help schools meet the challenge of providing students who are deaf-blind with access to information they are unable to gather via vision and hearing. An intervener works one-on-one with a student, facilitating communication and supporting concept development. In educational settings, interveners are typically para-educators (paraprofessional, ed techs) who have received specialized training in deaf-blindness and the process of intervention. Nationwide, there exists a great need for trained interveners and there is a federal initiative to increase the number of trained interveners.

School/Agency Requirements

Participating schools and agencies must have:

  • A child with deaf-blindness for whom the intervener candidate will provide one-to-one intervention and support during the 2018 school year.

  • An established educational team for the child (including family members) that supports the intervener candidate as he or she participates in the training program.

  • Administrators who are knowledgeable about the role of an intervener and actively support the position.

  • A willingness to work with NEC personnel as they provide technical assistance to the intervener candidate and possibly the team as a whole.

  • The ability to provide release time and support will increase the likelihood that the intervener candidate will complete the training.

Benefits to Schools/Agencies and Children

Benefits of this training program include:

  •           High-quality professional development for the intervener

  •          Increased knowledge and skills for the intervener regarding the use of evidence-based practices

  •          Interveners that meet Council for Exceptional Children competencies

  •          National Intervener Certification track

  •          Anticipated improved student outcomes

During the training, participants will receive:

  •            Feedback on all assignments

  •          Support and monitoring to ensure active engagement

  •          Opportunities for discussion with other participants via web conferencing

  •          Coaching and consultation from NEC staff – within the New England area

  •          Mentoring to develop an intervener portfolio 

Clinkhere to Register

Tracy Evans Luiselli, Ed.D.
Project Director
New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC)
Regional Office:

175 North Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472
Office: (617) 972-7517
Fax: (617) 972-7354

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

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont