Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 19: Accessing the Curriculum and the Environment

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Friday November 25, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course
Saturday December 31, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

Intervener support is one form of accommodation under supplementary aids and services. This course will review how interveners provide one to one support to address the educational need of accessing information for students with deaf-blindness. Also reviews is assistive technology devices that help students access the curriculum in the classroom and at home.


Participants will:

  • Examine the role of the intervener in the assessment process and ongoing decision-making practice for assistive technology.
  • Review components of both the general education and expanded core curriculum.
  • List factors that challenge access to curricula for students with deaf-blindness.
  • Identify materials, equipment and strategies that provide physical access for students with deaf-blindness and physical challenges.
  • Describe modifications and accommodations that support access needed for students with deaf-blindness and intellectual disability.
  • Review the range of equipment used to provide communication access and the factors that influence choices to use/not use specific equipment materials
  • Describe how and why assistive communication provides access (communication. learning, socialization, etc.) at school and at home.
  • Describe the collaborative nature between family and school team members to ensure access to curriculum.

Target Audience

Teams and Individuals working with and/or interested in professional development regarding students who are deaf-blind, such as parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other service providers, including those who are not seeking to become interveners.

Topics Covered: Deaf-Blind

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer
800-441-3215 x7258

Content Contact:

Patti McGowan

Additional Info

This module is part of the Open Hands Open Access Intervener Learning Modules (OHOA) series; you must be an OHOA cohort participant to register. The PA Deaf-Blind Project runs a training of the OHOA modules with a new cohort beginning each year in January.  Please contact Patti McGowan or Lorraine Byer for more information about the OHOA modules.