This two-semester training includes online course modules completed asynchronously, with three synchronous class meetings each semester. The cost of this eight-month training is $480 ($240 per class).
About the Training
The training requires a total of ten learning modules, nine prescribed and one elective learning module 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:
- Feedback on all assignments
- Support and monitoring to ensure active engagement
- Opportunities for discussion with other participants via web conferencing
- Course materials (provided at no additional cost)
Semester One - SPED 9100: Overview of Deafblindness & the Role of the Intervener
Fall 2023 Dates: August 21, 2023 - December 15, 2023
Semester Two - SPED 9101: Intervener Practices for Learners Who Are Deafblind
Students must successfully complete and pass semester one to enroll in semester two.
Spring 2024 Dates: January 29, 2024 - May 17, 2024
SPED 9100: Overview of Deafblindness & the Role of the Intervener (4.5 CEU)
The first course is intended to offer background knowledge necessary for paraeducators serving learners who are deafblind, including the role of the intervener in educational settings. Course content includes an overview of deafblindness and instructional strategies, the importance of building trusting relationships and positive self-image, an overview of sensory systems and ways that learners who are deafblind access information and ways to understand what may impact the ability of learners to actively engage in educational programs.
SPED 9101: Intervener Practices for Learners Who Are Deafblind (4.5 CEU)
The second course builds on information provided in the first course and includes understanding essential intervener strategies such as pacing and sensory processing, and key principals of the intervener motto, “Do with, not for.” Course content also includes the dynamics of communication exchanges and how to gather useful information for building effective communication systems, strategies for supporting the development of concepts, and utilizing routines and calendar systems to support access, anticipation and language acquisition.
Certificate of Completion Request
Once you have completed the necessary coursework, submit the Certificate of Completion Request Form.