The Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center (PAR²A Center) at the University of Colorado in Denver, is pleased to announce the launch of the National Intervener Certification E-portfolio (NICE), an assessment process that interveners can use to submit evidence of knowledge and skills as outlined in standards for interveners published by the Council for Exceptional Children. The evidence, which consists of digital documentation, such as video samples, described pictures, and other items from an intervener’s training and practice, is evaluated by trained reviewers who are experts in the field of deaf-blindness. Certificates are awarded to applicants who pass with a score of 75% or higher. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a comprehensive intervener training program through a state deaf-blind project, community college, or university before pursuing NICE due to the comprehensive nature of the e-portfolio process.

NICE was produced by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) using a participatory approach involving practicing interveners, state deaf-blind project personnel, and university experts, who joined forces to design and test the system. The PAR²A Center manages the process, including portfolio submissions, the review process, and communication of certification decisions to applicants. Each portfolio is scored by two reviewers who are members of the NICE Review Board. Their scores must agree at least 80% of the time for an overall portfolio score to be considered reliable. A third reviewer will be recruited if the initial reviewers’ agreement rate is less than 80%.

Interveners who wish to apply for certification should contact their state deaf-blind project or college/university training program to discuss pursing certification. Every candidate must have a mentor, assigned by a state deaf-blind project or university partner, to provide guidance and feedback during portfolio development and must complete two training modules explaining the use of the NICE system.

For more information, please visit What is NICE? 

2018 Reviewers

  • Stacy Aguilera, Ed.D., Educational Specialist, California Deaf-Blind Services
  • Susan Bashinski, Ed.D., Director, Graduate Programs in Education, Missouri Western State University
  • Andrea Blackwood, Teacher Support Program - Technical Assistance Coordinator, North Carolina Project for Children and Young Adults Who Are Deaf-Blind
  • Julie Brickhouse, Master of Education (MEd), Severe Disabilities, Exceptional Children’s Teacher at Pitt County Schools, Greeenville, North Carolina
  • Tara Brown-Ogilvie, Doctoral Candidate, University of Northern Colorado
  • Susan Bruce, Ph.D., Department Chair, Department of Special Education, Boston College
  • Michelle Clyne, MS.Ed., Project Coordinator, Illinois Deaf-Blind Services
  • Genevive Froncoeur-Anderson, M.A., Ph.D. Student, University of Northern Colorado
  • Adam Graves, B.A., Deafblind Educational Consultant, Texas Deafblind Project
  • Tina Hertzog, B.S., Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervener Modules Host/Facilitator
  • Nikki Marcello, Deaf-Blind Specialist, Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Sue Ann Houser, M.A., Project Director, Pennsylvania Deaf-Blind Project; Educational Consultant, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network
  • Deborah Karres, Ph.D., Education Specialist, Auditory Oral School of San Francisco, CA
  • Lacey Long, Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation & Mobility Soecialist at Morton-Sioux Special Ed Unit, Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Cathy Lyle, Masters Early Childhood Special Education, Educational Consultant, Minnesota Deafblind Technical Assistance Project
  • Rose Moehring, M.Ed., Coordinator of Deaf-Blind Services, University of South Dakota, Center for Disabilities
  • Carolyn Monaco, Professor, George Brown College; President of the Board of Directors, Canadian Deafblind Association
  • Susie Morgan-Morrow, M.A., Project Director, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative
  • Jerri Nelson, South Dakota
  • Emma Packard, M.Ed., M.A., State Deaf Blind Project, Washington
  • Angel Perez, Project Director, New Jersey Center for Deaf-Blindness
  • Amy Query, Deafblind Specialist at Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind
  • Cindi Robinson, Project Director & Deafblind Specialist, Arizona DeafBlind Project
  • Deanna Rothbauer, Project Coordinator and Family Specialist, Minnesota DeafBlind Project
  • Chris Russell, Project Coordinator, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative
  • Debbie Sanders, M.Ed., Deaf-Blind Teacher Specialist, Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
  • Sandra Warren, Ph.D., Professor, SEFR Graduate Studies Director, ECU Teacher Support Project Director, Department of Special Education, Foundations, and Research College of Education, East Carolina University

The National Intervener Certification E-portfolio (NICE) process and product were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education #H326T130013 awarded to the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). NICE represents a partnership between NCDB and the Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center at the University of Colorado, Denver.