C108 Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program Course Description

Year One: Semester One
INTV1002 Interpersonal Skills
An introduction to theories and practices of interpersonal skills, this is an experiential course that encourages students to reflect on and identify their strengths as communicators.
INTV1003 Introduction to Field and Community Resources
Students gain an overview of the agencies, programs and services available to people who are deaf-blind. Through a combination of classroom learning and field trips, students acquire a framework that demonstrates the breadth of roles of the intervenor.
INTV1004 Deafblind Communication I
This course addresses communication methods used in the community of people with acquired deaf-blindness. Students learn finger-spelling, two-hand manual alphabet, adapted American Sign Language, large print notes, and précis and plain language skills. laboratory instruction and skills practice support and reinforce theory.
INTV1005 Deafblind Communication II
While this course teaches theories and skills associated with communication in the field of congenital deafblindness, it emphasizes concept development, gestural and non-formal communication. In the final semesters, students gain an understanding of the basics of SEE (Signed Exact English) and Signed English.

INTV1006 Orientation and Mobility
Students learn the skills needed to guide a visually impaired or deaf-blind person safely and effectively in a variety of situations, and spend a significant portion of class time working under blindfold in the community.

SOC1008 Sociology (Relevant to Deaf-Blindness)
This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts in sociology, a beginning objectivity and a way of looking at group behaviour, institutions, families and society in general. Students gain an understanding of the impact of deaf-blindness on individuals, families and society.

COMM1126 College English
English for Intervenors is George Brown College’s required course in communications.  This course focuses on developing and using effective strategies to inform.  Students study methods for planning an organizing communications and apply these methods to various situations and readers.  Students learn techniques for clean, logical and meaningful expression and develop research, documentation, editing critical thinking, summarizing, report and journal writing and revision skills.
GSCI1127 Anatomy and Physiology
With emphasis on the anatomy and physiology of the eye, ear and central nervous system, students investigate a variety of disabilities secondary to deaf-blindness.

Year One: Semester Two
INTV1008 Field Work Practice I
This course gives each participant a minimum of 160 hours of guided and supervised work experience during the course of the semester. Students are placed in programs/agencies that provide experience in both the congenital and adventitious areas of deaf-blindness.
Prerequisite:  All semester one courses
Corequisite: INTV1007.
INTV1007 Field Work Seminar I
Through examination of issues, skills and values, the seminar supports integration of classroom theory with field practice and fosters peer support among intervenors. Students get an opportunity to discuss all aspects of their field work practice in a supportive, confidential atmosphere.
Corequisite: INTV1008.
INTV1009 Deafblind Communication I
This course, a continuation of INTV1004, explores communication with persons who are adventitiously deaf-blind. Students increase their receptive and expressive adapted ASL skills as well as speed and accuracy with two-hand manual and large print notes.
Prerequisite: INTV1004.

INTV1010 Deafblind Communication II
This course, a continuation of INTV1005, explores communication, theories and skills required in the area of congenital deafblindness.
Prerequisite: INTV1005.

GSSC1151 Human Growth and Development
This course takes a lifespan perspective that addresses the growth and development of the person. Some emphasis is on the impact that deaf-blindness has at different points in the lifespan.
INTV1011 Assistive Devices
Students gain an understanding of adaptations of and appropriate teaching methods for skills of daily living. The course demonstrates and makes available for practice a variety of both high and low tech devices.
GNED General Education Elective

COMP1082 Computer Skills and Applications

This introduction to basic computer applications and the Internet in a Windows-based environment includes program and file management, using a Net browser and basic word processing, and spreadsheet operations.
Prerequisite: none.

 
Year Two: Semester Three
INTV2017 Values, Ethics and Professional Issues
Students explore the development of personal values and ethics and their application to the profession of intervention. The class investigates codes of ethics of other professions and the responsibilities of consumers, agencies, society and oneself. Ethical issues current in the field make up a significant portion of the course. 

INTV2001 Field Work Seminar  II
This is the second of three field seminars in this two-year program, following INTV1007. Students discuss issues, skills and theory relating to their practicum.
Prerequisites: INTV1007, INTV1008.
Corequisite: INTV2002.

INTV2002 Field Work Practice II This is the second of three practicum in this two-year program, following INTV1008. This practicum is in a different area of intervention (congenital or acquired) than a student's first placement.
Prerequisites: INTV1007, INTV1008, INTV1009, INTV1010.
Corequisite: INTV2001.

INTV2003 Deafblind Communication I
This course, a continuation of INTV1009, explores communication used with persons who are adventitiously deaf-blind. Students further develop skills related to the interpreting component of intervention and practice them in a variety of situations.
Prerequisite: INTV1009, INTV 1008       
Corequisite: INTV2002

INTV2004 Deafblind Communication II
This course, a continuation of INTV1010, explores communication, theories and skills required in the area of congenital deafblindness. Students develop and practice various communication systems as they pertain to individuals who are congenitally deafblind.
Prerequisite: INTV1010, INTV 1008   
Corequisite: INTV2002    

INTV2006 Deafblind Communication III
Students learn to read and write uncontracted Braille.

INTV2013 Intervention with Medically Fragile Persons
Many individuals who are deafblind also present with additional disabilities and/or medical conditions. This course will address the knowledge and skills required by an intervenor in order for them to appropriately adapt and implement intervention.
Year Two: Semester Four
INTV2008 Field Work Practice III
This is the third and final practicum of the program, following INTV1008 and INTV2002. The student gets 140 hours of guided and supervised work experience with a greater degree of independence. The student chooses to work in either area of intervention, congenital or adventitious, in preparation for entrance into the profession of intervention.
Prerequisites: INTV2001, INTV 2002.
Corequisite: INTV2009.

INTV2009 Field Work Seminar  III
This is the third and final seminar in conjunction with field practice, following INTV1007 and INTV2001. Students have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of their field work practice, offer peer support and examine issues in a completely confidential atmosphere.
Prerequisites: INTV2001, INTV2002.
Corequisite: INTV2008.
INTV2010 Deafblind Communication I
This course, a continuation of INTV2003, explores communication with persons who are adventitiously deaf-blind. The course focuses on a complete understanding and expertise of the communication process from the perspective of the intervenor and the individual who is deaf-blind.
Prerequisite: INTV2003. INTV 2001                             
Corequisite: INTV2008.

INTV2011 Deafblind Communication II
This course, a continuation of INTV2004, explores the communication, theories and skills required in the area of congenital deafblindness. In addition, the course develops the understanding of the additional components considered when working with adults who are congenitally deafblind.
Prerequisite: INTV2004. INTV 2001                 
Corequisite: INTV2008.

INTV2014 Advanced Communication
Concurrent with Communication I, students will increase mastery in small window signing, tactile signing, relay interpreting and related communication methods used by individuals who have acquired deafblindness. 
Corequisite: INTV2010.

INTV2015 Activity & Program Planning
This course will provide an opportunity to research and develop a comprehensive list of activity and program options for a wide range of ages, vision and hearing losses and levels of independence. It will provide a hands-on experience and an opportunity to practice implementing theories and information through the use of case studies within a variety of situations. 
Corequisite: INTV2008 /INTV 2011

GNED General Education Elective 
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