The Ohio Center for Deafblind Education (OCDBE) provides online professional development (PD) to cohorts of educators (e.g., teachers, related services personnel, paraprofessionals, family members) interested in developing intervener competencies in order to more effectively teach and support children with combined hearing-vision loss. The PD is designed for teams of teachers, related services providers, and paraprofessionals who work with or may work with children who have a combined vision-hearing loss, a sensory disability (visual impairment or hearing impairment) and/or multiple disabilities including a sensory impairment.

Developing intervener services competencies better positions educators to support the communication needs of children and youth with combined sensory loss by improving a child’s access to information and communication, and facilitating a child’s development of social skills and emotional well-being.

OCDBE’s Intervener Services PD is based on the Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA) content - a set of high-quality online modules developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). Cohort participants have the opportunity to work with the OHOA content and participate in online discussions. OHOA resources provide an excellent vehicle for developing and enhancing knowledge and skills in the provision of intervener services.

For more information about how to participate in intervener services PD, contact the OCDBE and complete the necessary information.

Additional information about intervener resources can be found at the National Center on Deaf-Blindness.

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