The mission of the National Intervener Association is to:
- Promote quality intervention services for individuals with deafblindness
- Promote recognition of interveners at local, state, and national levels and acceptance of the term “Intervener” as a unique occupation requiring specialized training in deafblindness
- Promote awareness of the impact an intervener can have on a child’s learning, communication, and overall development
- Provide support for interveners and a place for interveners to talk with other interveners in the field, share learning experiences, brainstorm, and collaborate
- We believe that children with deafblindness have the right to access information about people and things in the environment that are necessary for learning and development.
- We believe that this access can be provided by the services of an intervener who works one-to-one with a child who is deafblind and who has training and specialized skills in deafblindness.
- We support the role of the intervener which is to:
- Facilitate 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.
- Facilitate the development and/or use of receptive and expressive communication skills.
- Maintain a trusting, interactive relationship that can promote social and emotional well-being for the child who is deafblind.
- We believe that interveners become qualified to serve children who are deafblind by completing an intervener training program through a university or college and by obtaining the National Intervener Credential through the National Resource Center for Paraeducators and Related Service Providers.
Must be nationally credentialed as an Intervener through the National Resource Center for Paraeducators and Related Service Providers (NRCP).
- Membership in a national organization dedicated to the profession and excellence of highly trained Interveners
- Inclusion in a national database of credentialed interveners
- Leadership opportunities and involvement in national advocacy efforts
- Collaboration with like-minded professionals
- Opportunities to share your experiences with others
For a list of our current NIA members click here.
If you are interested in joining, donating or have questions or suggestions, please contact us by following this link.