Spring Summer 2016 Illinois OHOA Deaf-blind Intervener Cohort
Want to learn about Deafblindness, Deaf-blind Intervention, AND earn FREE teacher Professional Development hours? Consider taking the OHOA Deaf-blind Intervener Modules!
WHAT IS AN INTERVENER? Interveners...provide access to information and communication. They facilitate the development of social and emotional well-being for children who are deaf-blind. In educational environments, intervener services are provided by an individual, typically a paraeducator, who has received specialized training in deaf-blindness and the process of intervention. An intervener provides consistent one-to-one support to a student who is deaf-blind (age 3—21) throughout the instructional day. (taken from INTERVENER SERVICES AND INTERVENERS IN EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS definition found on the National Center on Deaf-Blindness website at https://nationaldb.org/ )
WHAT ARE THE MODULES? The Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules are a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students who are deaf-blind and are being served in educational settings (ages 3 through 21). The module content was created by a diverse group of experts in the field of deaf-blindness including state and national deaf-blind project staff, parents of children who are deaf-blind, higher education faculty, teachers, educational interpreters, and interveners. Each includes a variety of accessible videos, photographs, slide presentations, and learning activities. ***As with any educational resource, the modules themselves do not constitute a formal training program, nor does completion of the modules independently and in isolation from a training program result in one becoming an intervener*** Each of the four modules contains slideshows, and some assignments (written assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, videos, readings, etc.). To receive professional development, all required activities must be completed and submitted into the module platform, called Moodle. There is an additional module called Welcome, which will teach you how to use Moodle!
HOW CAN THE MODULES PROVIDE TEACHERS WITH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS? The modules have been aligned with the new ISBE professional development requirements. Illinois Content Area Standards. See the document OHOA Modules aligned with Illinois Standards for complete information. The block of four modules, and the assignments, must be completed to receive the hours. Modules 1-4 provide 35 hours.
CAN ONLY TEACHERS TAKE THE MODULES? The modules are for anybody who wants to better understand an individual with deafblindness, but are specifically designed for persons who will provide one-to-one support for students with deafblindness. Teams of students may want to take the modules together, as may parents and families. All are welcome!
WHAT ARE THE DETAILS? You can work at your own pace, at any time you like (no scheduled time of day or night). However, it is STRONGLY recommended that you completed one module each month, and all four modules MUST be completed by August 31, 2016.
WILL I BE SUPPORTED? Yes! You will receive both technical support, and the support of Project Reach staff who understand the content.