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

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont


January 2018

​Winter Online Deafblind Modules 2018: 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 read more details. Please click here 

Date: January 15 - May 11, 2018

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


"The Dual Sensory Challenge: The Many Sides of Deaf-Blindness" - FREE Webinar

Although the term "deaf-blind" implies the absence of hearing and sight, in reality, it refers to individuals with varying degrees of hearing and vision.  The key consideration, though, is that dual sensory impairment causes access challenges to both auditory and visual information which significantly impact learning and communication.

Date: February 6, 2018

Time: 3:00-3:30pm, Q&A 3:30-3:45pm

Register by February 2nd.  Click here

DB Advisor Leadership Training – Perkins, Grousbeck

Althoughourregiondoesnotofferteachercertificationin thefieldofdeafblindness,currentnationalactivitiesarefocusedon developingcredentialingfor professionalsinthefieldofdeafblindness.In the interim,NECofferstheDB Leadership Training (2018)toprofessionalswhoarecommittedtoincreasingtheirskillsinassessment andinterventionpractices forlearnerswhohavecombinedvisionandhearing loss. Training from Dr. Susan Bashinski, a national expert in the field of deafblindness, will begin February 8th, 2018 from 9-4:00.  Please contact Linh Tran at nec@perkins.org or call (617) 972-7517 to register. 

Date: February 8, 2018 

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Upcoming Family Networking Activities

Connecticut Science Center - Hartford, CT

​​Sensory Friendly Day

On Sunday, January 28, 2018, the Connecticut Science Center will be hosting a sensory friendly day where they will be lowering the volume and dimming the lights to accommodate groups and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Visitors will be able to enjoy tons of activities, arts & crafts, as well as LIVE Gallery Science demonstrations all without the usual loud sounds and bright lights.
Tickets are $14 online in advance or $16.95 at the door. 

NH Conway Arena Skating – Concord, NH

Tentative Date: April 7, 2018  

Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

To register, please call 617-972-7515 or email nec@perkins.org 

CT Science Museum - Hartford, CT

Date: March 31, 2018  

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

To register, please call 617-972-7515 or email nec@perkins.org


The Development of Concepts and Use of Symbols for Learners with Visual and Multiple Impairments - Perkins, Grousbeck
Developing a conceptual foundation based on experiences with high-quality sensory information is necessary for the use of meaningful symbols.  Join Millie Smith, Consultant for a workshop.  Early bird expires on March 9th!
To Register: http://www.perkinselearning.org/earn-credits/onsite-training/development-concepts-use-of-symbols

Date: March 23, 2018

13th 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, 2018: $55.00  
Registration Fee postmarked after January 31, 2018: $65.00
Registration needed by February 24, 2018 to attend conference. Space is limited. For more details, click on here.

Date: March 14, 2018

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 29, 2018 

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm


"Promoting Active Learning for Sensory Motor Stage Learners - West Hartford, CT

This interactive workshop will demonstrate 4 Best Practice Strategies for PromotingActive Learning opportunities with sensory motor stage learners. This includes learners who have multiple disabilities, limited communication skills, and who are blind,deafblind, or visually impaired; PreK-Grade 12. Presenters by DORS-BESB Certified Teacher of Students with VI, Ed Consultant.

Date: April 6, 2018

Time: 8:55am - 1:30pm

DBI Network of the Americas Conference -Cape Cod, MA
Deafblind International and Perkins School for the Blind are excited to host the first-ever Network of the Americas Conference. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to network, learn and have fun with leaders in the field of deafblindness from North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Date: April 15-18, 2018

Parent to Parent Connections & Learning - Perkins,Grousbeck Center

Date: April

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm


The NEC Early Childhood Deafblind Institute - Concord, NH

In collabroation with Granite State College. Often children who are deafblind are identified under the category of multiple disabilities or a single sensory loss (vision impairment, deaf/hard of hearing). However, the presence of both vision and hearing impairment often requires specialized supports and interventions. This conference brings together personnel skilled in the field of deafblindness, with a focus on early childhood assessment and intervention strategies.  Personnel working with children (birth to age 6) who are deafblind or who have sensory loss and additional disabilities are invited to attend

To Register:   Click on the link for the registration form  NH EC Institute Registration Form 5.29.18.docx or https://goo.gl/forms/fhLtYZmnhepDplre2

Date: July 10 and 11th(Session #1); October 18 and 19th (Session #2) Both sessions are required)

Time: 8:30-3:30pm

Location: Granite State College


​Upcoming Family Networking Activities

Southwick Zoo - Mendon, MA

Date: August 3, 2018
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

To register, please call 617-972-7515 or email nec@perkins.org 

This FREE Family Event is sponsored by The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC). Families registered with NEC and NAPVI are welcome to this event. 


On-Line Deafblind Modules 

The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance (NEC) is collaborating with the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) to provide regional intervener training during the 2018-2019 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 $300 stipend from NEC.  Note - space is limited.

​Must Register using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/BrqRwlCqNOWRr4743

Date: October 4, 2018 to January 30, 2018  

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