Morris earns special certification for Pulaski County schools

Nakia Morris, a paraprofessional with the Pulaski County Special School District, recently became the state’s first certified intervener from the Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center.

Interveners, like Morris, have received specialized training in deaf-blindness and the process of intervention. Morris, who started with the district in 2006, worked with a single deaf and blind student from his time at Crystal Hill Elementary to graduation from Maumelle High School in 2020. Morris is still at Maumelle and is working with the life skills class there.

Students who are both deaf and blind present a unique challenge to educate, so it is interveners who are facilitating communication and also working with them to understand concepts.

Morris completed the Intervenor Training Project in collaboration with the National Center of Deaf-Blindness. The training included an online course of study, coaching and consultation, and development of a portfolio required for the certification.