Washington Sensory Disabilities Services (WSDS) is collaborating with Central Michigan University (CMU) to provide training and a credential for becoming a deafblind intervener.
The training, which runs from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021, includes:
Online course of study, hosted by faculty at CMU
Coaching and consultation from a WSDS Deafblind Project mentor
WSDS will provide a limited number of scholarships covering tuition costs for WA State professionals
CMU Program Flier (PDF)
Scholarship Candidates will need:
To provide one-to-one support to a child with deafblindness
Have the support of administrators and the child’s educational team to participate in the training
Complete WSDS scholarship application
Ask your supervisor/administrator to write a letter of support and email to Katie Humes before Friday, May 22.
Commit to complete the course of study, including all assignments
Participate in three onsite coaching sessions with WSDS Deafblind Project mentor
*2020-2021 scholarships have closed. Applications for the 2021-2022 school year will open Spring 2021 – please check back.
Scholarship awards issued
Written acceptance from candidate
Candidate enrolls with CMU
CMU course begins
National Definition of Intervener Services in Educational Settings:
Interveners, through the provision of intervener services, provide access to information and communication and facilitate the development of social and emotional well-being for children who are deafblind. Intervener services are provided by an individual, typically a paraeducator, who has received specialized training in deafblindness and the process of intervention. An intervener provides consistent one-to-one support to a student who is deafblind (ages 3 through 21 or as mandated by state regulations) throughout the instructional day.