Intervenors make it possible for individuals with Deafblindness to access information and to interact within their environment.
The Intervenor for Deafblind Persons program provides students with the knowledge and basic skills required to work with children and adults who are Deafblind, including individuals who may be medically fragile.
To be successful in this field, you should be:
- a strong communicator
- flexible in nature
- creative and open to new ideas
- motivated to work with members of the Deafblind community
- enthusiastic about the important work that you will be doing
- trustworthy as your job will embed you into the daily lives of your clients
The program will teach you the skills you'll need to work with the Deafblind by combining:
- relevant theory
- a significant amount of 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 the Intervenor Information Session Sign-Up Page.
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. Regular attendance and participation are integral to program success. Find out if this program is right for you by reviewing our list of Attributes for Success (C108).
This program was developed in partnership with a number of service providers and Deafblind consumer associations.
In preparation for the field placement, students will be required to work in multiple small and large groups, both in classes and community settings.
By stepping outside of the classroom into a real-world environment, students gain an enriched learning experience. Students will be introduced to experiential learning through simulation activities and opportunities to meet with sector partners. Skills are reinforced and strengthened, confidence is gained in abilities and invaluable connections are made.
In this program, you'll experience:
- three 28-day field placements – one in each of Semesters 2, 3 and 4
- meeting with sector experts
Field placement is a mandatory and complex component of the program. Should accommodation issues arise, a Consultant from Accessible Learning Services can be contacted prior to the start of the program to assist the applicant in determining whether she/he can meet the requirements necessary for safe intervention with individuals with Deafblindness.