Webcast Date: January 15, 2017

NEC’s Transition Team Initiative (NEC-ITTI) is a training project that incorporates evidence-based practices for teens and young adults who have combined vision and hearing loss, their families and educational team members.  These practices promote future opportunities for greater independence and improved quality of life.  Teams will be assisted by a State Facilitator and meet monthly to view topical webcasts and address Transition Action Plans.

​To Register, please contact nec@perkins.org

Webinar Date: January 10, 2017 at 3:00pm - 3:30pm EST

​Conrad and Shana will discuss the Maine Deaf and Hard of Hearing Student's Guide to Transition and how it can be used with students to support successful transition outcomes. The unique needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students in four essential areas of development (self-determination, education/training, employment, and independent living) will be discussed as they apply to students in grades 8 through 12.

To Register: Click here

Date: January 24, 2017 at 11am EST

Parent workshop on guardianship and financial planning                          
Attorney Fred Misilo will present a workshop on issues related to guardianship and important financial planning information for families who have a child with special needs. Please save the date for now and watch for further information. 

To Register, please contact jim.witmer@perkins.org 

Location: Perkins, Grousbeck Center


DB Leadership Roundtable: This roundtable discussion will provide service providers with an opportunity to utilize a case study approach in reviewing their practices and teaching strategies. Best practices in the field of deafblindness will be outlined. By Invitation only.
Location: Perkins School for the Blind


Date: March 8, 2017

12th annual “Focus” on Vision Impairment & Blindness Conference: Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disability & Vision Loss

​To Register: Click here
Location: Sheraton, Norwood, MA, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Date: March 13-14, 2017

The NICU Experience: Effects on Infants and Families Workshop.

This workshop is being provided through the colloboration of Perkins Training Center (PTC) and the New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance (NEC). This New England-based training is focused on increasing the knowledge of educators and personnel working with infants and children born premature.  The training will include discussion of issues related to ethics, roles and responsibilities, and family support needs.

To Register: Click here

​Location:  Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, Whitefield, New Hampshire

Date: March 30, 2017

MA Deafblind Awareness Day

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!

Location:  Massachusetts State House, Boston, Great Hall from 10 - noon.


Date: April 13, 2017
Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Learners with Combined Vision and Hearling Loss
(Deafblind) or Visual Loss and Additional Disabilities

Presenter:  Millie Smith

The workshop is for Students with visual and multiple impairments or deafblindness have very unique educational needs. When their present levels of performance are at the sensorimotor stage, regardless of chronological age, they learn about their worlds and develop basic skills by participating in experiences that allow them to use sensing and acting systems. Barriers to learning imposed by sensory, cognitive, and motor impairments must be overcome by teams of professionals who can use research-based strategies to design highly effective instructional activities.

At the completion of this workshop, participants will have increased knowledge in:

  • Identifying the characteristics of learning at the sensorimotor stage.
  • Identifying the specific components of sensing and acting systems related to developing skills.
  • Assessing educational priorities using tools designed for sensorimotor learners.
  • Examining strategies for designing instructional activities that provide the repetition and consistency required for overcoming barriers to learning at these stages.

To Register: Click here (Registration Required by April 7th)

Location: Perkins School for the Blind, Hilton Building/Auditorium 9 am – 4:00 pm (Registration: 8:30)

Date: April 14, 2017

Topic: Creative Ideas and Strategies for Designing

            Consistent Routines at Home

Audience:  Parents and Caregivers of Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (Deafblind) or Children with Visual Loss and Additional Disabilites

Presenter: Millie Smith, Educational Consultant, Developer of APH Sensory Learing Kit and Symbols and Meaning

To Register: Click here  (RSVP by April 11th)

Location: Perkins School for the Blind, Hilton Building/Auditorium 10 -1:30 pm (Morning checkin 9:30)


Date: May 9, 2017

"Literacy Thourgh the Lens of CVI Across the Three Phases: Understanding the Lieteracy CVI Connection"
​The CVI Literacy Matrix (developed by Y. Locke) will be presented as a working template for the creation of meaningful, appropriate literacy activities for students in all 3 Phases of CVI as well as the development of appropriate literacy IEP Goals & Objectives. The decoding of 3D & 2D materials using Salient Features as well as the working progression of literacy media from Concrete Forms (3D Whole Objects) to more Abstract Forms (2D Photos, Pictures, Print) will also be presented. This workshop will include hands-on whole group activities as well as afternoon hands-on small group stations.

Location:  West Hartford United Methodist Church 9:00-4:00; Registration begins at 8:30

Date: May 22, 2017
Deafblind On-Line Learning Modules.  Spring-Summer 2017 from May 22- Sept 15,2017.

NEC is continuing another session of the Deafblind On-line Learning Modules created by the National Center on Deafblindness. Children who are deafblind have a wide range of sensory loss ranging from mild to total lack of vision and hearing loss. Over 90% of this population has residual vision and hearing and the incidence of children with total vision and hearing loss is rare. Although many children who are deafblind are viewed under the category of “multiple disabilities”, the combined nature of both vision and hearing loss results in a unique disability, requiring specialized services and supports.  To learn more about each module – visit Click here
To Register: Click Here   


Date: September 5, 2017

​Intervener Training Pilot Project. (NEC) is collaborating with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) to provide regional intervener training during the 2017-2018 school year (states of CT, ME, MA & NH). The training provides a wonderful opportunity for schools or programs with paraprofessionals/aides, teachers or service providers who would like to receive FREE intervener training. Participants who complete ALL requirements will receive a $500 stipend from NEC.  Note – application is required and space is limited. Please click on Register for the application. 

Date: September 27-28,2017
BESB Fall MIVI/DB 2 day Interactive Workshop is an introduction to working with students who have multiple disabilities and limited communication skills and who are blind, deafblind, or visually impaired, PreK-Grade 12.  Through stimulations and demonstrations, participants will gain an understand of common eye problem, strategies for learning and accommodations for the environment.  Participants will learn to develop meaningful interactions with students through the use of touch, object cues, sound and movement. The use of communication calendar systems will also be demonstrated.For more information, contact Tina Gutierrez at DORS: BESB 860.602.4157 or @ tina.gutierrez@ct.gov    

Date: September 29, 2017

​We will exhibit at Maine Hands and Voices Guide By Your Side 3rd Annual Conference, Augusta, ME.

​Join us in an exploration of the many different aspects of deafness that our children may experience between the ages of birth to 21. These will include language and literacy, social and emotional topics, deaf culture, important safety discussions, Deaf plus, accessibility, an audiology focus and a conversation with Deaf/HOH young adults and their parents. To Register, click here: https://mainehandsandvoices.wildapricot.org/


Date: October 1, 2017

Fall Family Event: Come Join Us for NEC 2017 APPLE PICKING at Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow, MA. Come meet other parents, children and NEC staff! We will provide One Family Apple Bag, Hayride,Apple Cider, Apple donut for everyone. REGISTER no later than September 27th

Date: October 7, 2017

CT Family Event:  Family Apple Picking at Bishop's Orchards in Guilford, CT.  Come spend time with everyone and networking!  REGISTER no later than Oct 3rd.

Date: Oct 20, 2017

​DB Leadership

Date: October 24, 2017

​A One-Day Transition Workshop from 9:00am to 3:00pm at RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT - CONCORD, MA.  Topic is Evidenced-Based Practices for Supporting Successful Transitions for Youth who are Deafblind or who have Vision Loss and Additional Disabilities 

Target Audience: Educators, teams and parents of children who have combined vision and hearing loss (deafblind) or visual impairment and additional disabilities. Transition Team Members are encouraged to attend – this will be a unique opportunity to focus on your student(s). 

Presenter:  Dr. Jerry G. Petroff, PhD (aka. “Jerry)
Dr. Petroff is a Professor at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), School of Education in the Department of Special Education, Language and Literacy.  His experience working on behalf of students, youth and adults with disabilities and their families spans several decades. Holding a doctorate in psychological studies in special education, and a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology, he has developed expertise in inclusive education, early communication, social network development, assistive technology (augmentative and alternative communication), and the transition of students with disabilities from school to adult life.  Dr. Petroff’s specific focus for the past 40 years has been in the area of development and education of infants, children and youth with deafblindness. In addition, Dr. Petroff is the Executive Director of TCNJ's Center for Sensory & Complex Disabilities and Faculty Director of the Career & Community Studies Program at TCNJ.

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​   ​​The New England Consortium  for Deafblind Technical Assistance And Training (NEC)

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire