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

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont



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January 2019 




Parent Networking Trainings – Perkins, Grousbeck

​The purpose of this program is to (1) provide parents opportunities to network and learn from each other, and (2) increase parent use of new tools and strategies to support planning and advocacy for their child.

To sign up, please email us at nec@perkins.org or call us at 617-972-7515
Dates:  January 19, February 16, March 16, April 6

​Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm



February





March



14th annual “Focus” On Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference -  Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA.

Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability and Vision Loss

​Early Registration Fee postmarked by January 31, 2019: $55.00  
Registration Fee postmarked after January 31, 2019: $65.00
Registration needed by February 24, 2018 to attend conference. Space is limited. For more details, click on here.

Date: March 13, 2019


Parent to Parent Connections & Learning - Perkins, Grousbeck Center

Topic:  “A Bit about Who My Child Really Is” Learn how several families created tools to share their vision for their children.  This session will give your ideas about how to educate others and emphasize your priorities for your child (communication, sensory – vision and hearing, cognitive, health/medical, social/emotional, behavioral, community access).  

Parent Presenters: Yariela Brandao - MA, Sonu Rangnekar - CT, Michael Williams - MA, Susan Hollis - NH

To Register:  Please Click Here
or call us at 617-972-7515 with your name and contact info.

Date: March 16, 2018 
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm



DB Awareness Day - Boston Statehouse, MA

​Organizations and agencies will showcase the critical services they provide to children, youth and adults who are DeafBlind in the Commonwealth.  Key agencies serving persons who are DeafBlind will be on exhibit.  DeafBlind Awareness Day will highlight the importance of fiscal resources, programs and services that enhance the lives of children and adults who are DeafBlind.  Come show your support for children, youth and adults who are DeafBlind throughout Massachusetts!

Date: March 28, 2019

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm



April 






May


Family Learning Services

The NEC Family Learning Series will provide a range of topics and activities that support learning opportunities for parents of children with combined vision & hearing loss (deafblindness). Participants will gather in person or login on-line, meet other parents and caregivers (grandparents, guardians, adult siblings, supporters), share challenges and successes, learn strategies for building family routines that support their child’s language/communication as well as charting a good life now and in the future.

Date: May 3rd

Time: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

​Location: Perkins (Grousbeck Center)



DB Leadership Kickoff Teleconference

 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 Institute 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 feature 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 and Instruction, Supporting Access to the General Education Curriculum, and Effective Consultation and Leadership Skills.

Date: May 16th–  Kickoff Teleconference

Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location: Perkins (Grousbeck Center)

 


June



DB Leadership Day -Session 1

 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 Institute 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 feature 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 and Instruction, Supporting Access to the General Education Curriculum, and Effective Consultation and Leadership Skills.

Date: June 13th and 14th

Time: Day 1; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Day 2; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm



July


NEC Paraprofessional/Intervener Training

Paraprofessionals working with children and youth with combined vision and hearing impairment (deadblindness) are often in need of specialized training in order to support instruction and learning. This training will provide an overview of the key areas that should be addressed for all learners who are deafblind or at risk, and will also incorporate initial training for those wishing to become an Intervener.

Date: July 24 - 26

July 24th - Day 1 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)

July 25th - Day 2 (9:00 am - 5:00 pm)

July 26th - Day 3 (9:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Location: Perkins School of the Blind (Grousbeck Center)



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