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

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont



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."

​​How to Register/ Refer a Child

Download registration packet here​: NEC Registration Form

Referral Process - STEPS to REGISTER A CHILD with NEC:
Option 1:  INFORMAL REFERRAL

Complete Informal Referral Form (There is no identifying information other than the child’s initials). Submit this form if the child is at risk for combined vision and hearing loss and the family is not ready at this time; or evaluations are incomplete. Personnel submitting this referral will receive notifications of NEC training opportunities and a request to update the referral on an annual basis. The family cannot be identified in any manner but the child will be included in their state’s deafblind child count.
 
Option 2:  FORMAL REFERRAL
Complete Formal Referral Form (Parents have completed signed releases and are aware of the referral. Personnel submitting this referral will receive notifications of NEC training opportunities and a request to update the referral on an annual basis).  

To expedite registration, attach available vision, hearing, educational records

 SEND FORMS VIA EMAIL, MAIL or FAX TO:NEC Regional Office, 175 North Beacon St., Watertown, MA 02472  Fax: (617) 972-7354 nec@perkins.org



Child Registration