Qualified Personnel

The National Center of Deafblindness (NCDB)



An intervener is a professional who works consistently with a student who is deaf-blindness and has specialized training and skills in deaf-blindness. An intervener provides their students with access to auditory and visual information that may be missed because of their sensory loss.


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


CEC DVIDB Publication Fall 2022, Vol 67 Issue 4 / Interveners


Training an Intervener

Programs listed below offer online training courses

Central Michigan University (CMU)

Undergraduate Certificate – Deafblind Intervener


 For complete admission requirements go online at cmich.edu/global/DBI 

DeafBlind Interveners work one-to-one with students who are deafblind to help them reach their highest potential and improve their quality of life. They work as part of the educational team in local school districts and social agencies. National certification as a Deafblind Intervener can increase the employment opportunities for those in Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Communication Disorders, and American Sign Language. 

Utah State University (USU)


SFSU / CDBS Intervener Training Program (CA)


Shawnee State University (Ohio)


National Center on Deafblindness (NCDB)


Open Hands, Open Access:
DeafBlind Learning Modules

The Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Intervener Learning Modules are a  free, online, national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who have both a vision loss and a hearing loss and are being served in educational settings (ages 3 through 21).  The 27 modules were developed by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and are available for free online.

Teacher Preparation Programs in DeafBlindness

Teacher of the DeafBlind (TDB)


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