Revision 19-1, Effective March 1, 2019
A vendor must meet the following qualifications:
- Hold a bachelor's degree in education or a related field.
- Have a working knowledge of the following:
- The medical, psychological, social, and independent living issues faced by persons who are deafblind, are visually impaired and/or hard of hearing, or are otherwise disabled
- Assessment techniques and tools
- American Sign Language, augmentative communication, manual signs, and other communication systems
- Knowledge of agencies, individuals, and facilities that serve people who are deafblind (with or without additional disabilities) and serve the culture and adaptive needs of people who are deafblind
- Have the ability to do the following:
- Adapt teaching methods to the needs of persons who are elderly and either deafblind or deafblind and multiply disabled
- Help consumers adapt or modify common items in the home to make the items accessible
- Assess, formulate, organize, and implement an individualized program of instruction with consumers
- Teach consumers to read and write all aspects of uncontracted braille
- Communicate using American Sign Language, including using tactile sign language
- Teach assistive technology, as needed, to enable a consumer to access independent living skills
- Deliver, install, and setup adaptive aids and/or devices
Services must not begin until the service provider has been notified of approval.
Deafblind Services Vendor Responsibilities
The deafblind services vendor:
- completes an assessment of needs;
- submits the appropriate documentation for each type of service to the service provider for review and approval;
- submits to the service provider appropriate recommendations for purchasing products and services for each consumer;
- installs and trains consumers who are deafblind to use adaptive equipment, including visual alarms and vibrating alerting systems; and
- provides the service provider with a written report of each contact and includes details of the assessment or service provided and the outcome.
The deafblind services vendor must make the initial contact with a consumer who is referred for deafblind services training within 15 working days of the referral.