Intervener vs. Interpreter: Identifying the Support Needs for Students who are DeafBlind

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Beth Kennedy, Project Director
DeafBlind Central of Michigan

Beth Kennedy, M.Ed., is the Director of DeafBlind Central: Michigan’s Training & Resource Project (the federally funded state deaf-blind project). She is also the director and adjunct instructor for the online Deafblind Intervener Training Program that she developed at Central Michigan University. Beth has worked in the field of deafblindness for almost 30 years, also having held positions at Perkins School for the Blind and the Florida DeafBlind project. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and her Master degree in Special Education, with a specialization in deafblindness, from Boston College. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership PhD Program at Central Michigan University.

Beth is also fluent in American Sign Language, has presented at national and international conferences on the topic of intervention for students who are deaf-blind and is one of the designers of the acclaimed, Open Hands, Open Access training modules for interveners.

Beth has presented for NYDBC several times, including previous Remote Learning Series webinars and the first Northeast Regional CHARGE Syndrome Conference, hosted by NYDBC. She has also co-presented with Susanne Morrow, NYDBC director, multiple times, which is always a wonderful experience for Susanne.

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Susanne Morrow, Project Director
, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative

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