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Professional Development Opportunities

WSDS in collaboration with OSPI is pleased to offer grant funding for TVI + O&M certification through Stephen F. Austin State University.  To learn more about this opportunity and the application process, contact Joe Dlugo,

Interveners are individuals who help provide access to visual and auditory information for individuals with deafblindness.  Intervener services are provided by an individual who:

1) has received specialized training in deaf-blindness.

2) works one-on-one with a child or youth who is deaf-blind, keeping in mind the principle “Do with, not for.”

3) works under the supervision of a teacher who is informed about the intervener role and effective teaming.

4) serves as a member of a child’s educational team.

Visit the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) for helpful resources:

Are Intervener Services Appropriate for Your Student with Deaf-Blindness?: An IEP Team Discussion Guide

Read Increasing Recognition & Use of Interveners: State Success Stories featuring information of how states have furthered the practice of interveners in their states.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORUNITY: Washington Sensory Disabilities Services (WSDS) is collaborating with Central Michigan University (CMU) to provide training and a credential for becoming a deafblind intervener…read more

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