Kansas Deaf-Blind Services
Kansas Instructional Resource Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Serving more than 1000 students annually, the KIRC is a statewide, state-funded resource center for students with visual disabilities enrolled in a formal educational program in Kansas’ public and private schools. The KIRC library is at the KS State School for the BlindFor more information, visit:
Certified Paraprofessional Training (Intervener)
An Intervener facilitates access to environmental information usually gained through vision and hearing, the development and/or use of receptive and expressive communication skills, develops and maintains a trusting, interactive relationship with the child who is deaf-blind that can promote social and emotional well-being.
The Kansas Deaf-Blind Project is able to support three individuals to receive training as a Certified Paraprofessional through a grant from the Kansas Department of Education for the duration of this grant cycle ending in 2023. The sponsoring school district will pay for the cost of the paraprofessional’s tuition fee upfront, and the DB Project will reimburse the district upon completion of employee’s coursework, per semester. The employee will provide a copy of his/her transcript verifying that the coursework was completed before reimbursement. The courses for becoming a Certified Paraprofessional are offered online by Utah State University. This training is based on the National Intervener Competencies. This coursework prepares a person to work concisely on a one-on-one basis with a child who is deaf-blind. Please contact the KS Deaf-Blind Project if interested.
The following websites provide additional information about Interveners and intervener training.
Family Engagement Activities & Support
Please contact Lisa Collette, Family Engagement Coordinator