​   ​​The New England Consortium  on Deafblindness  (NEC)

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

"Initial Child" Referral Process

There is an additional way to register children you are currently working with. Use the Initial Child Referral Form and NEC Child Count  is National Deafblind Census Code Sheet.

By completing the categories required we can temporarily register the child with the national census as "pending" or "at risk" for one year.

A. Individuals who may have multiple disabilities due to generalized nervous system  dysfunction, with documented hearing loss and vision loss. The child's etiology may be progressive in nature.

B. Individuals who have sensory loss of both vision and hearing (low vision, mild to moderate hearing loss).

C. Individuals who have a sensory loss of both vision and hearing, one of which is severe and the other less severe (20/200 acuity or greater; 71-90 dB or greater).

D. Individuals who have  sensory loss of both vision and hearing (low vision to total blindness; moderate to profound hearing loss).

E. Individuals who have sensory loss of both vision and hearing (legal blindness; severe or profound blindness).

* Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD): Individuals who have difficulty with auditory perception of spoken language and other meaningful sounds in their environment. Such a diagnosis may be confirmed by an audiologist.

* Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) : Individuals who have documented visual impairment caused by the disturbance of the posterior visual pathways and/or the occipital lobes of the brain. The degree of visual impairment can range from minor visual impairment to total blindness.

Who is Eligible for Technical Assistance?

Individuals from birth to age 22 who have any combination of the disabilities described below resulting in the need for  specialized services are eligible for services outlined withing the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) Part C, Section 622, 307.11. The following descriptions and classification codes apply to the chart.


NEC Eligibility Chart 
Eligibility Definition

The New England Consortium defines deafblindness as follows:

"Children and youth having auditory and visual impairments, the combination of which creates such severe  communication and other learning and developmental needs that they cannot be appropriately educated in special education programs solely for children or youth with hearing impairments, visual impairments, or severe disabilities without  supplementary assistance to address their educational needs due to these dual, concurrent disabilities."

Child Registration

How to Register/ Refer a Child
Download registration packet here​: NEC Registration Form

  • Complete NEC Registration Form (See Attached)
  • Complete Parent/Guardian Release Form
  • To expedite registration, attach available Vision, Hearing, Educational Records
  • SEND via Email/Mail/Fax to :
                NEC Regional Office
                175 North Beacon Street
                 Watertown, MA 0247
                 Fax: (617) 972-7354


NOTE:  Upon receipt of records documenting both vision and hearing loss, a NEC Educational Consultant will contact the family and educational program, and respond to requests for information and consultation.  Also, NEC will send the following to the child's family and educational program:

Certificate of Eligibility
Handouts and key articles related to deafblindness
Ongoing notification of training events, newsletters, family events, and materials will be provided to the family and classroom personnel.