Call to Action on the Federal Regulations

For years, we have been talking about including Interveners in the official list of Related Services in IDEA.  We now have an opportunity to do this!  The U.S. Department of Education is inviting comments regarding their regulations. For more information, click here.


What is an Intervener?

More about IntervenersAn Intervener is a person who:

  • Works consistently one-to-one with an individual who is deafblind
  • Has training and specialized skills in deafblindness

An intervener provides a bridge to the world for the student who is deafblind. The intervener helps the student gather information, learn concepts and skills, develop communication and language, and establish relationships that lead to greater independence. The intervener is a support person who does with, not for the student. Specialized training is needed to become an effective intervener. Training should address a wide range of topics necessary to understanding the nature and impact of deafblindness, the role of the intervener, and appropriate educational strategies to work with students with combined vision and hearing loss (Alsop, Killoran, Robinson, Durkel, & Prouty, 2004; McGinnes, 1986; Robinson et al., 2000).


Role of the Intervener:

Intervener Example - Trinity
Facilitates access to the environmental information that is usually gained through vision and hearing, but which is unavailable or incomplete to the child who is deafblind.

Intervener Example - Rolls
Facilitates the development and/or use of receptive and expressive communication skills.

Intervener Example - Car
Develops and maintains a trusting, interactive relationship that can promote social and emotional well‐being for the child who is deafblind.