Training Purpose:  The unique learning needs of children who are deafblind or at risk requires that service providers have knowledge of the impact and range of combined vision and hearing loss on learning, as well as skills in effective assessment and instruction.  NEC’s Deafblind Leadership Initiative will increase the number of service providers with knowledge and skills in deafblindness and related fields (sensory impairment, severe special needs, family support and learning).  This training opportunity will provide an array of presentations from national leaders in the field of deafblindness, and highlight evidenced-based practices related to: Language/Communication, Assessment and Instruction – Strategies and Tools, Strategies to Promote Visual and Auditory Access, Transition Planning Tools and Instruction, Supporting Access to the General Education Curriculum, and Effective Consultation and Leadership.

*Accepting New Applications

May 16th – Kickoff Teleconference (3-4:30)
June 13th and 14th, 2019 - 1 Day Session (10-4:00 and 9-4:00) -
reschedule to another date.
September 20th - Teleconference (12-2:00)
October 17th and 18th, 2019 - 2 Day Session
December 12th - Teleconference (12-2:00)
January 17th, 2020 - Teleconference (12-2:00)
March 7th, 2020 - Teleconference (12-2:00)
April 30th and May 1st, 2020- 3 Day Session
October 1st and October 2nd, 2020 - FINAL Presentations


This training is FREE for service providers from CT, ME, MA NH & VT. Participants must fully commit to the year and half training – attendance at 4, 2-day training modules (10-4:00 and 9-4:00  at Perkins School for the Blind); 5 web-conferences (1.5 to 2 hours each), and completion of a Leadership Project. Participants will submit data regarding: (1) pre and post self-rating report; 2) at least one vision, hearing, communication or classroom environmental assessment; and, (3) family interview. NOTE: Participants will need direct access to a child who has combined vision and hearing loss in order to complete observations and assessments.  We strongly encourage attendees to embed training activities within your ongoing work scope to minimize additional work demands.Type your paragraph here.

To register:  Click hereto download the form  and emai/fax to 617-972-7354.

The NEC Deafblind Institute


​Location: Perkins, 175 North Beacon st. Watertown, MA 02472 (Grousbeck Center)

Key Training Goals:

  • Develop and support a “Community of Practice” for service providers that facilitates collaboration about service delivery and evidenced-based practices in deafblind education and related fields​

  • Encourage collegial interaction and sharing among practitioners working with children and families

  • Increase the number of personnel skilled in the use of evidenced-based practices

  • Increase state trainings and consultation to local and state agencies serving children who are deafblind or at risk

  • Based on state action plans, implement activities to address the technical assistance needs of children and youth who are deafblind, their families, and service providers 

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

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont