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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)


Validation of the Intervener Study
Project VIP studied the effectiveness of the Intervener Service Model.
The Intervener In Early Intervention and Educational Settings For Children and Youth With Deafblindness
By Linda Alsop, Robbie Blaha, and Eric Kloos.
Bringing It All Back Home: Family-Driven Assessment and Intervention for Children who are Deafblind
By Dr. Charity Rowland.