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Parent BookletA Family's Guide to Interveners for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (Parent Booklet)

This 62-page publication was created especially for parents of children who are deafblind.  Through the authors’ combined experiences with their children and having seen the importance of intervener services to their child’s learning and development, they believe that it is critical that all parents of children and youth who are deafblind be informed about the role of interveners and be knowledgeable about how to advocate for interveners through the IEP process.  This booklet briefly describes deafblindness and the role of interveners, and then guides parents through the components of the IEP process that are most critical to determining the need for intervener services in educational settings.

This publication is now being disseminated through the SPARKLE program to families.  A copy of this booklet is also being disseminated to Parent Training and Information Centers in each state.   An electronic copy of this booklet and letter of introduction can be downloaded by clicking on the following links.

Letter of Introduction – Parent Booklet

A Family’s Guide to Interveners – Download the booklet

To order a print copy of this booklet for $15 which includes the DVD, Deafblindness and the Intervener and a laminated card with important questions to ask during the IEP development, please click on the link for the order form below, and fax or e-mail your order to Fran Payne at (435) 797-5591,  Families can call 1-855-357-5571 if they have questions or concerns.

Order form for A Family’s Guide to Interveners

Thanks, and we appreciate the opportunity to contribute to ongoing efforts in behalf of children and youth who are deafblind and their families.


Linda Alsop (Utah)

Clara Berg (New York)

Vivecca Hartman (Texas)

Melanie Knapp (Texas)

Kimberly Lauger (Arizona)

Cheryl Levasseur (Massachusetts)

Sally and Mike Prouty (Minnesota)


Deafblind International
The world association promoting services for deafblind people.
This is a new online directory of worldwide resources for and about people with combined vision and hearing loss.
Family to Family
A place for parents to get information and communicate with other parents
The Deafblind Coalition
Website with up-to-date important information for the Deafblind Community
The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)
The National Center on Deaf-Blindness is a federally funded information and referral service that identifies, coordinates, and disseminates (at no cost) information related to children and youth who are deafblind.


The National Center on Deaf-Blindness shares Dr. Jan van Dijk's Articles
Articles from Dr. Jan van Dijk.
Early Interactions With Children Who Are Deaf-Blind
An article by Deborah Gleason.
Teaching Strategies and Content Modifications for the Child with Deaf-Blindness
An article by Kate Moss, TSBVI Deaf-blind Outreach Family Support Specialist and Linda Hagood, TSBVI Deaf-blind Outreach Education Specialist.

State Resources

Georgia Sensory Assistance Project
Provides services to chidren and youth with deafblindness
PACER Center
Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights in Minnesota and across the nation.
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
A Center for Educational Services for All Blind and Visually Impaired Students in Texas.
The Deafblind Coalition Website
Up-to-date important information for the Deafblind Community
The MN DeafBlind Technical Assistance Project
This project is federally funded under IDEA that supports MN children and youth, birth through age 21.
Utah Deafblind Project
Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
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