The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC) NEC is a federally funded grant serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, through the United States Department of Education, Special Education
Programs (OSEP). Our purpose is to assist state and local education agencies in developing the capacity to serve children and youth who are deafblind. NEC provides training and technical assistance, disseminates information regarding evidenced-based practices, provides parent training and networking activities, and collaborates with local and state agencies serving children who are deafblind or at-risk.
Our Mission Statement: To build and strengthen a collaborative system that enables infants, children, and youth who are deafblind to participate meaningfully in their homes, schools, and communities throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
What’s available from NEC?
Consultation and training: is provided in the home, classroom, work and community, and includes video conferencing. Support to early childhood and educational teams focus on collaboration, assessment, and program development. Key topics targeted in consultation and training includes:
There are currently close to 450 students ages birth to 22 who have been identified in this four state region and are being educated in a large variety of school settings. NEC maintains a child census and provides technical assistance to professionals working with these children. Resource information, workshops, consultations, and in-service training are provided on a local, state, or regional level by qualified NEC staff.