Linda Alsop Portrait

Linda Alsop

Project Director

Linda Alsop MEd., has over 20 years of experience directing federal projects in deafblindness, including  those under Model Demonstration Projects, Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities Projects, Projects of National Significance, FIPSE (Funds for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education), and Personal Preparation Projects.  In Utah, she has worked with the State Deafblind Technical Assistance Project and Baby Watch Early Intervention providing services, training and resource materials.   She developed and implemented the first online deafblind training program in the country that trains interveners to work with children and youth with deafblindness, and this coursework won the national Blackboard Greenhouse Exemplary Course award.  Ms. Alsop was also instrumental in creating a partnership between USU and the Hadley School for the Blind, through which an online program of study in blindness was established.   She has worked closely with the Utah State Office of Education and the Utah State Legislature in obtaining state funding for services to children and youth who are deafblind in Utah.   For the past ten years, she has led the National Intervener Task Force in advocacy and system’s change efforts in behalf of individuals who are deafblind, and most recently, she established a National Intervener Credential through the National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals (NRCPara).  She works closely with parents of children who are deafblind throughout the country, providing training, support, and materials related to educational laws and the rights of their children to have access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education.