Certified Deafblind Intervenor Specialist (CDBIS)

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Certified Deafblind Intervenor Specialists are highly trained Canadian professionals who work with individuals who are deafblind and those identified as having a dual sensory loss. Intervenors are narrators, informers, guides, communicators, and generally a link to the world for someone who is deafblind. They act as a "bridge not a barrier" and subscribe to the philosophy "Do with NOT for".

An intervenor facilitates the interaction of the person who is deafblind with other people and the environment. The intervenor takes direction from the individual who is deafblind and provides information about the environment and what is happening (using receptive language), assists the individual who is deaf blind to communicate (using expressive language), provides or develops concepts where necessary, confirms actions, assists with life skills and most importantly, assists the individual to achieve as much independence as possible within their situation.

The sector that they serve is comprised of people who are Deafblind or living with dual sensory loss. CDBIS's are experts in providing auditory, visual and tactile information to someone who is deafblind. In doing so, CDBIS provide access to information and afford opportunities for inclusion, skill development, empowerment and independence.

CDBIS are committed to a strong Code of Ethics that is derived from the belief that "all individuals who are deafblind have the right to fully access all information / communication clearly and without bias. This includes the right to participate successfully in their community by accessing qualified intervenors that uphold the highest standards of professional integrity, competence, and ethics.

CDBIS Certification Handbook

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Steps to Certification to be posted soon.