Intervener Training

Interveners—specially trained paraprofessionals who work one-on-one with students who are deaf-blind—are greatly needed in Missouri. If you are interested in becoming an intervener, MoDBTAP offers distance learning training and coaching opportunities. MoDBTAP utilizes Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Modules for training. These Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules are a national resource designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students (ages 3 through 21) who are deaf-blind and being served in educational settings. For more information, please contact Mandy Clayton at or 314-633-1553.






Mandy Clayton

Deaf-Blind School Support Specialist

Missouri School for the Blind



FALL 2019 Outreach/MoDBTAP Presents Professional Development Week

Registration Open Now!



September 9, 2019- Building on Patterns Pre-K Workshop with Cay Holbrook (Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in Visual Impairment at the University of British Columbia, longtime APH consultant, and APH Braille Literacy and Technology Project Leader)

September 10-Welcoming Students with Visual Impairments/Blindness/APH Product Presentation (Yvonne Ali/Outreach)

  • Agenda
  • Discover ways to help students with visual impairments build independence and social skills
  • Discover resources for accessible products and text

September 11- Deaf-Blind 101 (MoDBTAP Staff & Karen Carl/TVI/COMS/DB Specialist)

  • Agenda;
  • Learn what is dual sensory loss/deaf-blindness and about dual sensory losses with other disabilities
  • Learn vision and hearing concerns related to deafblindness, and their developmental and educational implications
  • Learn of the importance of a calendar system/routine

September 12- Haptics:  Visual and Environmental Information for Individuals who have Vision & Hearing (Beth Jordan from Helen Keller National Center, Mary Hale & Anna Pitchford)

  • Agenda
  • MCDHH/RID CEU’s available!

  • Learn about Haptic Fundamentals
  • Haptic Structure
  • Sharing Personal Reactions
  • Reference Signals
  • Describing a Room




Location:  Missouri School for the Blind


FALL PD 2019 Registration



Jane Herder

Outreach Director

Missouri School for the Blind



MoDBTAP and KSDBP Present: Cortical Vision Impairment and Augmentative & Alternative Communication (CVI/AAC)


To Register:


This session is based on the CVI Range approach to functional vision assessment and educational interventions developed by Dr. Roman-Lantzy, and will provide an overview of CVI, with a focus on understanding and identifying the 10 unique visual behavioral Characteristics and 3 Phases of CVI. Participants will gain both technical and practical knowledge and skills to support the range of visual functioning for children and youth with CVI, as well as meaningful and personalized experiences in considering the development of interventions to support their students/children.


Date: October 19, 2019

Presenter:  Christopher Russell, Project Coordinator, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative

Location:  Kansas City, KS  SportingKC complex

No Cost




Jane Herder

Outreach Director

Missouri School for the Blind



MoAER presents: Cracking the Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Code


Come crack the code of CVI with us as we listen to 3 experts from the field.


Christopher Russell is the Project Coordinator of the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative. He has facilitated extensive training and coaching on topics related to CVI identification, assessment, and intervention, to schools, agencies, hospital staff, families, and itinerant related service providers (TVIs, TOD/HHs, etc.).


Dr. Mindy Ely, Assistant Professor at Illinois State University in the area of Low Vision and Blindness. Mindy's research is focused in two areas 1) early intervention related to visual impairments and 2) cerebral visual impairment.


Amy Campbell is an Educational Consultant for Visual Impairment at North Carolina Department Public Instruction and passionate about students with low vision and blindness receiving quality services and instruction.

To register:


Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

8:30 AM – 3:00 PM CDT



SSD Learning Center

900 Hornet Drive

Hazelwood, MO 63042



Jane Herder

Outreach Director

Missouri School for the Blind




VIISA Course I:  Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers (0-2) with Vision Impairments and Their Families

Registration Open Until 10/2/2019


Applications are now being accepted for the course: Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Vision Impairments and Their Families. Please note application deadline of 10/2/2019. The purpose of this course is for participants to gain and develop skills in understanding the unique needs of infants and toddlers who are blind or visually impaired. The focus will be on working with these children in the home setting as well as in collaboration with the family and other members of the service delivery team. Transitioning from home to the preschool setting will also be addressed. The students will gain knowledge and skills in observation, assessment, the IEP process, intervention techniques, use of appropriate methods, curricula and materials in teaching skills in all developmental domains, developing the use of all senses, meeting the child's needs in the group setting, socialization, school readiness, early literacy and orientation and mobility.


Dates: November 6-8, 2019, April 1-3, 2020


Location: St. Louis MO


Hotel Info:

Drury Inn and Suites at Forest Park

2111 Sulphur Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63139

P: 314-646-0770


Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Forest Park

If you will be staying at the hotel, please mention you are part of the VIISA I training to receive the group rate of $119/night.

VIISA I training is provided at no cost to the individual or school district.


VIISA Application 19-20

VIISA Course I Announcement



Mandy Clayton

Deaf-Blind School Support Specialist

Missouri School for the Blind



Hand In Hand: Understanding Deafblindness for Education Teams

Registration open until 10/25/2019


This course, totaling seven days throughout the academic year, provides instructional strategies and practice specific to educational teams of students with deafblindness.



Session I: November 4-5, 2019

Session II: January 8-10, 2020

Session III: April 9-10, 2020



Drury Inn & Suites St. Louis Forest Park 

2111 Sulphur Ave, St. Louis, MO 63139


Course fees and costs:

There is no registration fee for the course. 


HIH Course Information 2019-2020

HIH Team Registration Form 2019-2020

HIH Release Form  2019-2020



Megan Burgess

Deaf-Blind Project Coordinator
Missouri Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Project, Missouri School for the Blind


INSITE: In-Home Sensory Intervention Training and Education

Full (please check back in 2020)


A curriculum model of home intervention for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children who have a visual impairment and may have other multiple disabilities, including deafblind.  The INSITE model and training is for Parent Advisors for home visits.  This curriculum includes the following areas: communication, hearing, vision, cognition, motor impairments, and developmental resources.    



Melissa Moore

Lead Parent Advisor/Family Engagement Coordinator

Missouri School for the Blind



Unified English Braille Code

To find more information on Unified English Braille Code, please visit


Coursework Leading to Certification as Teacher of the Visually Impaired: The Envision Program

To learn more about the Visually Impaired Program, please visit the website at:

Training and Certification (undergraduate and graduate)

Training for a Rewarding Career

Generous Student Financial Assistance

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois) offers a nationally regarded program at the graduate level for individuals who wish to join a rewarding career in teaching children who are blind or visually impaired as a teacher of students with visual impairments, orientation and mobility instructor, or assistive technology specialist for children with visual impairments. In addition to numerous job opportunities, good pay, and excellent job security, individuals who choose this career path experience a sense of fulfillment not commonly found in other careers. These teachers play a significant role in the lives of children who are visually impaired and their families.

Generous student financial assistance is available. We will pay all in-state or out-of-state tuition, all fees, health insurance, and a stipend of $5,520 per calendar year for qualified individuals who wish to come to Northern Illinois University to enroll in the Visual Disabilities Graduate Program focusing on special education for children who are blind or visually impaired with an additional emphasis in assistive technology.

For more information, go to the following YouTube link:

Also, go to the following website to read about the program:

Interested individuals can contact the Project Director, Stacy Kelly (, 815-753-4103

  • Boston College (deafblindness)
  • California State University, Los Angeles (VI, O&M)
  • Dominican College (VI)
  • Eastern Michigan University (VI)
  • Florida State University (VI, O&M)
  • Hunter College of the City University of New York (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • Illinois State University (VI)
  • Missouri State University (VI)
  • North Carolina Central University (VI, O&M)
  • Northern Illinois University (VI, O&M)
  • Ohio State University (VI)
  • Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University (VI)
  • Portland State University (VI)
  • San Diego State University (deafblindness)
  • San Francisco State University (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • South Carolina State University (O&M)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (VI, O&M)
  • Texas Tech University (deafblindness, VI, O&M)
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (VI)
  • University of Arizona (deafblindness, VI)
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (O&M)
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston (VI)
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln (VI)
  • University of Northern Colorado (VI)
  • University of Northern Iowa (VI)
  • University of Pittsburgh (VI, O&M)
  • University of South Carolina Upstate (VI)
  • Western Michigan University (VI, O&M)