San Diego State University, and California Deafblind Services have collaborated to provide this online, university-based training program that prepares paraeducators to effectively serve learners who are deafblind.

Trained interveners allow school districts and agencies to meet the unique, individualized support needs of students who benefit from intervention services. Over the course of two semesters, students will engage in an online course of study that includes the rigorous and nationally recognized Open Hands, Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules.Through self-guided study, students will access the modules asynchronously, with three synchronous class meetings each semester. Course instructors are deafblind specialists from SDSU and CDBS.

This is a non-credit bearing university program. Upon successful completion of both courses, each participant will receive a university certificate of completion of the SDSU/CDBS Intervener Training Program.

Enrolling in the Program
Enroll in the program at any time, even before registering for a course. It’s free, and offers many benefits:

  • Secure your curriculum (should the requirements change in the future).
  • See upcoming courses when you log into your student account.
  • Track your progress.

Enrolling in a program doesn’t mean you’re registered for courses. You still must register and pay for each course you wish to take.


2018 Fall2019 Spring2019 Summer
DB 0001 Overview of Deafblindness and Principles of Intervention

This course provides an overview of the primary sensory systems (vision and hearing); and the etiologies, implications, and communication principles of deafblindness. Students will also get an introduction to the role of the intervener in educational settings, and learn strategies for helping deafblind students build trusting relationships and a positive self-image.

Course Date(s)

2019 Spring
DB 0002 Intervention Practices with Learners Who are Deafblind

Students will learn more in-depth intervener strategies to support learners with deafblindness through collaborative teaming and family partnerships. Topics include development and implementation of concepts, responsive environments, routines, calendar systems, and social skills.

Course Date(s)
January 14 - May 3