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Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program (C108)

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PROGRAM
Intervenor for Deafblind Persons
CODE
C108
SCHOOL
School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies
LOCATION
St. James Campus
DURATION
2 Years (4 semesters)
STARTING MONTH
September
CERTIFICATION
Ontario College Diploma
YEAR OF STUDY
2015-2016
METHOD OF STUDY
FT
The Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program provides an opportunity for students to learn how to work with people who have a combined loss of vision and hearing. Over the span of two years, students have the opportunity to learn how to guide, use assistive devices, and deal with the medical fragility that clients often present. The Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program is unique in Canada.

Full Program Descriptions

Description  

Intervenors make it possible for individuals with Deafblindness to access information and to interact within their environment.

The Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program provides the knowledge and basic skills required to work with children and adults who are Deafblind, including individuals who may be medically fragile, by combining:

  • theory
  • practical experience
  • specialized techniques of intervention
  • a variety of alternative communication methods

Information sessions are held twice monthly from October to May. For specific dates, times, location and to register, please visit www.georgebrown.ca/C108_info/

It is recommended that applicants take an introductory American Sign Language course prior to starting this program.

We have identified key attributes of students who have become successful graduates and practicing intervenors. Find out if this program is right for you by reviewing our list of Attributes for Success (C108).

Watch this video to learn more about intervention, intervenors and deafblindness:

Intervenor student uses adapted ASL with professor

The program was developed in partnership with a number of service providers and Deafblind consumer associations.



Your Field Study Options 

The program reinforces skills through field placement opportunities and offers:

  • three 28-day field placements in Semesters 2, 3 and 4
  • field excursions
  • guest speakers currently involved in the field


Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has established program descriptions for college programs of instruction which do not operate under a specific provincial Program Standard. The Program Description typically describes the program purpose (a brief description of the program, potential employment opportunities and general admission requirements) and program goals (similar to program-level learning outcomes, which guide the curriculum).

View Program Descriptions.

Source: Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) website



Course Outline

Required Courses 

SEMESTER 1

Code Course Name
INTV1002 Interpersonal Skills
INTV1003 Introduction to Field and Community Resources
INTV1004 Acquired Deafblindness & Intervening I
INTV1005 Congenital Deafblindness & Intervening I
INTV1006 Sighted Guide
SOC1008 Sociology (Relevant to Deafblindness)
COMM1126 English for Intervenors
GSCI1127 Anatomy and Physiology

SEMESTER 2

Code Course Name
INTV1008 Fieldwork Practice I
INTV1007 Fieldwork Seminar I
INTV1009 Acquired Deafblindness & Intervening II
INTV1010 Congenital Deafblindness & Intervening II
GSSC1151 Human Growth and Development
INTV1011 Assistive Devices
GNED General Education Elective

Field placement is a mandatory and complex component of the program. Should accommodation issues arise, a Special Needs Consultant can be contacted to assist the applicant in determining whether she/he can meet the requirements necessary for safe intervention with individuals with deafblindness. Applicants with vision, hearing or mobility impairments and/or difficulties in processing and communicating in English may find it difficult to complete field placement and, therefore, may be unable to complete the program.

SEMESTER 3

Code Course Name
INTV2001 Fieldwork Seminar II
INTV2002 Fieldwork Practice II
INTV2003 Acquired Deafblindness & Intervening III
INTV2004 Congenital Deafblindness & Intervening III
INTV2006 Braille (uncontracted)
INTV2013 Intervention with Medically Fragile Persons
INTV2017 Values, Ethics and Professionalism

SEMESTER 4

Code Course Name
INTV2008 Fieldwork Practice III
INTV2009 Fieldwork Seminar III
INTV2010 Acquired Deafblindness & Intervening IV
INTV2011 Congenital Deafblindness & Intervening IV
INTV2014 Adapted ASL
INTV2015 Activity and Program Planning
GNED General Education Elective

C108 - Intervenor for Deaf-Blind Persons Program - Detailed Course Description

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives



Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

Graduates of this program use a variety of specialized communication including:

  • adapted American Sign Language
  • tactile ASL
  • two-hand manual communication
  • large print notes
  • oral intervening
  • braille
  • touch cues
  • tangible symbols
  • gestures
  • pictures
  • adapted signs

Graduates of the Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program have found employment as intervenors with:

  • boards of education
  • social service agencies
  • individuals with Deafblindness
  • community residential settings
  • specialized school programs

There is a demand for intervenors in Canada and in a number of countries throughout the world including England, the United States and Italy.



Tuition and Fees

Tuition 

$3,584.00 *

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2014. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2015 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.



How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) - Must have a Grade 12 English (4C) grade of 70 or higher or English (4U) grade of 65 or higher.
  • Information session - Other arrangements will be made for applicants who live outside the Greater Toronto Area and/or are unable to attend the information session.
  • Questionnaire

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older)

Course Exemptions:

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

SCHOOL OF DEAF AND DEAFBLIND STUDIES INFO SESSIONS

Register for an information session to:

  • talk to faculty in greater detail
  • check out our ASL lab
  • explore our St. James Campus

The School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies hosts bi-monthly information sessions. Visit georgebrown.ca/infosessions for current dates and times.

International students: Visit the International Admissions page for more information.



Special Requirements  

Additional Mandatory Requirements

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)Police Vulnerable Sector Check

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)."
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement


How Do I Apply to the Program  

Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program Applicant Questionnaire (C108)  

Additional Mandatory Requirements

Police Vulnerable Sector Check (must be valid annually)Police Vulnerable Sector Check

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.
  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered "vulnerable persons" under the law.
  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for "individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s)."
  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.
  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program.
  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.
  • The fees for the police record check vary and must be paid by the student. For more information, please visit the Pre-placement website at georgebrown.ca/preplacement

 



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Success Stories  

MARGOT McGRATH-HARDING MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT

"I can still hear her laugh."

Betty Jean Reid remembers the tiny, cramped office where Margot McGrath-Harding used to work as Co-ordinator of the Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program: "She was always patient, she always had time for people. She had an ability to touch each person and make them feel that you were a good student and had potential, and you could do it."

In recognition of Margot’s tremendous contribution, family, friends and colleagues established the Margot McGrath-Harding Memorial Endowment in 2009 to provide an annual scholarship to a full-time student in the Intervenor Program.

 

"An Intervenor’s biggest reward is watching other people reach their potential – watching them gain their place in the real world."

Joan Mactavish
Intervenor, Donor of the annual Joan Mactavish Award in memory of Mae Brown

"I have enjoyed being an Intervenor from the moment I started at George Brown College. I find this work challenging, interesting and rewarding. I haven’t regretted for one moment going back to school to follow this career path. Thank you George Brown College for having a program like this available and to all the teachers in the program. Thank you to all of the Intervenors I have met and have yet to meet, who have inspired me to reach my potential while helping individuals who are deafblind meet theirs."

Sherrill Bentley (2003 graduate)
Freelance Intervenor, CNIB



Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Deaf and Deafblind Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2185

Email: deafstudies@georgebrown.ca

Our office hours are 8 a.m.  – 4 p.m.

To contact the Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program Co-ordinator, Betty Jean Reid, call 416-415-5000, ext. 2357 or email bjreid@georgebrown.ca.

For more information, you may also call the George Brown College Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.



George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.