SDSU/CDBS Intervener Training Program
2018/2019 First Year Pilot
San Diego State University (SDSU) and California Deafblind Services (CDBS) are collaborating to provide a university-based intervener training program to prepare paraeducators to effectively serve learners who are deafblind. Interveners are paraeducators with specialized knowledge and skills in deafblindness. Trained interveners allow school districts and agencies to effectively meet the unique individualized support needs of students who benefit from intervention services.
Over the course of two semesters (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019) students will engage in an online course of study that includes the rigorous and nationally recognized Open Hands, Open Access Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules. Through self-guided study students will access the modules asynchronously (i.e., at days and times of their own choosing), with thee synchronous class meetings each semester. Course instructors will be deafblind specialists from SDSU and CDBS.
District and LEA support of the participant’s efforts (e.g. release time, stipend) will increase the likelihood of successful completion of this training program. This is a non-credit bearing university program. Upon successful completion each participant will receive a university certificate of completion of the SDSU/CDBS Intervener Training Program.
● Desire to work with and support individuals with deafblindness
● High school diploma (or equivalent)
● Commitment to at least 3 hours of module participation per week for 2 semesters
● Basic internet skills, knowledge of computer functions, and ability to use online communication tools (email, video conferencing, and online learning platform)
● This first-year pilot program will give preference to paraeducators who are currently working with children with combined vision loss and hearing loss.
Benefits of this training program include:
● University certificate of completion of the SDSU/CDBS Intervener Training Program
Courses of Study:
The training utilizes 13 prescribed and one elective learning modules from the Open Hands, Open Access Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules, which are aligned with all seven of the CEC standards for special education paraeducators intervener for individuals with deafblindness.
During the training, participants will receive:
Registration and Program Fees:
REGISTRATION INFORMATION COMING SOON - (mid-summer 2018)
For more information please contact:
Christopher Brum, Ph.D.
San Diego State University - email@example.com or 619-594-4814
California Deafblind Services -firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-405-7558
California Deafblind Services - email@example.com or 415-405-7559