LADBP launches DeafBlind Intervener Training pilot

Woman guides young boy with deafblindness as he pushes his desk chair in the classroom.

The Louisiana DeafBlind Project for Children and Youth (LADBP) launch a Deaf-Blind Intervener Training Pilot, aiming to encourage school districts and educators across the state to invest in skilled interveners. LADBP’s Rose Angelocci, Ph.D. and Nicky Gillies, MSNIC are currently working with a paraprofessional in St. Bernard Parish to trial this new training program.

As defined by the National Center for Deaf-Blindness, interveners provide consistent one-to-one support to help students with deaf-blindness gain access to information and communication, and to facilitate the development of their social and emotional well-being. The pilot program uses Open Hands, Open Access (OHOA) learning modules, including topics like:

  • Impact of Deaf-Blindness on Learning
  • Communication
  • Promote Learning
  • Preparing for Adult Life
  • Professionalism

LADBP seeks to encourage educators and paraprofessionals to become deaf-blind interveners by incentivizing the training program. On top of an annual salary increase from the school district when they receive the credential, LADBP pays the professional each time they complete a module of the training program and submit a final portfolio to the accrediting agency.

A national certification as a Deaf-Blind Intervener enables the professional to become Qualified Personnel in their school district as well as offers a credential they can use to work anywhere in the United States.

LADBP Director Michael Norman, Ph.D. says the Louisiana intervener trainee is doing very well. The trainee has completed two modules so far and will finish the program by summer 2023.

To learn more about the learning modules, visit here:

To learn more about the national initiative to increase the number and skills of personnel who serve children and youth who are deaf-blind, visit here:

Destinie Collins with long, curly hair, rosy cheeks, and a soft smile wearing a rose colored sweater anda gold chain featuring a pinecone pendant.
The trainee is Destinie Collins, a paraprofessional at Arabi Elementary School.

About the Louisiana DeafBlind Project for Children and Youth

The mission of the Louisiana DeafBlind Project for Children & Youth is to provide technical assistance and information dissemination to Louisiana students with combined hearing and vision loss, their families, schools, service providers, school districts, and the Louisiana Department of Education.