Deafblind & Intervenor Studies Program (C158)

Program Description

Leadership Claims

The first Canadian college to offer a Deafblind Intervenor certificate training program.

Program Overview

The Deafblind & Intervenor Studies program is a one-year certificate that will prepare you to work with individuals who have a combined vision and hearing loss. Significant components of this program are delivered online. This program is open to both Deaf and non-Deaf students. The 2022/23 intake for this program starts in May 2023. To begin your studies in May 2022, apply to the 2021/22 academic year.


Full Description

Students practicing sign language

Preparing students to be the eyes and ears for people who are Deafblind

Do you have a passion for helping others? Want to work in a dynamic and evolving sector? Are you creative and a good communicator? If you want to make a difference, consider becoming an intervenor and work with people who are Deafblind. The 2022/23 intake for this program starts in May 2023. To begin your studies in May 2022, apply to the 2021/22 academic year.

This one-year Ontario college certificate will prepare you to work with individuals who have a combined vision and hearing loss. You will learn various communication methods to support individuals with deafblindness in accessing information and interacting more fully with their environment.

Most courses are delivered online with some in-person content (semester 1 is delivered fully online; the first seven week of semester 2 are taught in-person and the second seven weeks are taught online).

What you will learn:

  • How to work with Deafblind children and adults – many of whom are often medically fragile.
  • American Sign Language (ASL) – a visual language that is adapted to accommodate for the vision loss of those with this dual sensory loss.
  • Professionalism, values and ethics, health and aging.
  • How to interact with members of the Deafblind community both virtually and in-person. For those attending from outside of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), interactive sessions will be arranged in your community.
  • You will get hands-on experience through field practice. This may be completed across Canada in your community through George Brown College partnerships.

Essential skills of an intervenor: 

Strong communicator – You will be the eyes and ears for the person who has deafblindness. Clear and effective communication will be key as you will be responsible for providing them with access to visual, auditory and environmental information. 

Creative – In some circumstances, relaying this type of situational information and making it accessible will require creativity. 

Flexible – Being flexible is a key attribute as each day "on the job" will be different from the next. 

Trustworthy – You will play an important role in the lives of your clients, so being able to build trust easily is an important asset. 

Is this program right for you?

Your Field Education Options

The Deafblind & Intervenor Studies Certificate includes a field placement component that provides the students with practical experience working directly with individuals who are deafblind. There are two separate placements, one in the area of congenital deafblindness and one in the area of acquired deafblindness. The placements are scheduled two days per week in the second half of semester 2, for a total of 84 hours. Students participate in both observation and hands-on practice, applying the theory and technical skills learned to date. Placements are available with children, adults and/or seniors and within a variety of educational and community settings.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Intervenors have the skills to facilitate communication with Deafblind people across all aspects of day-to-day life, such as health care, law, business, education and social services.

These specialized communication tools are an asset for anyone who interacts with members of the Deafblind community.

To broaden employment prospects, combine this certificate with:


Intervenors work with Deafblind individuals (children and adults) across Canada. Graduates can find employment with:

  • organizations serving Deafblind individuals
  • educational institutions and specialized school programs
  • contracts with individuals with deafblindness
  • community residential settings

Educational Pathways

The Deafblind and Intervenor Studies certificate provides a strong foundation for entering other programs at George Brown College, including:

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