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

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont


Family Conference Calls

Family Phone Network: Networking families of children with combined vision and hearing loss.

Connecting families through discussion of key issues, and  sharing ideas and strategies in parenting a child with sensory loss.

Facilitated by a NEC Family Network Specialist and other highly trained personnel.

Family weekends, and activities are fun events for the family, the frequency of which depends on funding availability.

Check theCalender of Events Pagefor upcoming Family weekends.

Project INSITE

A  home intervention model for families of infants, toddlers and preschool aged children with sensory impairments and additional disabilities.

The curriculum consists of a two-volume manual containing home-based programming for families of children who have sensory loss and additional disabilities and a copy of the INSITE Developmental Checklist.Resources are available for parents in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Hampshre.

Deafblind Overview Trainings

A four-part training series in all four states, offered on four separate dates/classes. Participants must attend all four training's. 

A minimum of 20 participants is required to run a training at a site, the site location must be provided free of charge to NEC and be able to accommodate 20+ people.

The topics below are considered during the training's.

Parent Leadership

Mission Statement: The purpose of this program is to support parents in developing their leadership skills, while developing their confidence to empower their leadership within their community.

Benefits: Participants will acquire skills and knowledge during a one year training series including coaching form nationally recognized trainers, as well as mentorship from other family leaders.

Requirements: Participants will attend four face-to-face training sessions throughout the year, and complete and internship experience ( e.g. becoming a presenter, starting a parent group, or supporting other parents).


Webinars are live events, or pre-recordings presented online  which you can access from your home or office. 

Feel free to access and watch as many as you need.

The CVI Advisor Program is an overview of Cortical vision assessment (CVI) and intervention strategies for children with multiple disabilities, or deafblindness .

​The training will provide and overview of cortical visual impairment, characteristics of CVI, and related etiologies relative to children with multiple disabilities or deafblindness.It will also include the CVI Assessment Range, and the application of of assessment procedures using a case study format. This training is for teachers of the visually impaired, classroom teachers, early intervention providers, parents, healthcare professionals, low vision professionals, paraprofessionals, and related service personnel.

Deafblindness is a unique disability requiring that team members have knowledge and skills about the impact of dual sensory losses on learning. Combined vision and hearing losses influence all areas of learning particularly language and communication, motor development, orientation and mobility, an access the the general education curriculum. The Deafblind Advisor Training Program will provide participants with in-depth knowledge and skills in the fields of deafblindness and multiple disabilities.

Various conferences are available happening annually, and bi-annually. Below are descriptions of the conferences ,  see the  Calender of Events page  for conference  dates.

Participants that attend our
NEC sponsored training's will receive a certificate of attendance for the hours attended and PDP Points (Professional Development). In the state of Connecticut we also offer CEU's.

The C.a.T.T.T  Project offers technical assistance via technology to select teams working with children who have combined vision and hearing loss. This unique approach will afford teachers and service providers the opportunity to increase their competency and implement promising practices with the support of experienced, trained professionals. 

  • ​​​​Our trainings are divided into TIER I, TIER II, and TIER III  based on the level of commitment and prior technical knowledge necessary to complete the trainings, to make sure everyone gets the most out of the trainings we offer and promote the proper level of skill development.

  • NEC provides state and regional training relative to “evidence-based practices” in deafblind education (i.e., communication, impact of combined vision and hearing loss on learning, assessment and curriculum, strategies for successful transitions. 

  • Onsite or school-based training for team members relative to “evidence-based practices” in deafblind education. 

  •  Training, information and support to families (i.e., family networking and sharing, parent participation in the educational planning process, parent leadership training, and self-advocacy).

  • Information dissemination (i.e., community resources, evaluation referral, newsletters, and informational packets for families, service providers, and community agencies).

For trainings currently available in your state go to the   Calender of Events page   listed underneath the Home tab.

Click here to download the TA request form

Available Technical Assistance and Training Includes: