The New England Consortium of Deafblind Projects (NEC) provides technical assistance to children who are deafblind in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as well as to their families and educational programs. Perkins is the sponsoring agency and assumes overall responsibility for this multi-state project, which was founded in 1969. NEC's central office staff is housed on campus, with satellite offices and staff located in each of the other states.
There are currently close to 400 students from birth to age 22 who have been identified in this four-state region and are being educated in a large variety of school settings. NEC maintains a child census of these students and provides technical assistance to professionals working with these children. Resource information, workshops, consultations, and in-service training are provided on a local, state or regional level by qualified NEC staff.
The project also assists families of children who are deafblind by providing access to valuable information, addressing issues across a broad age range. This is especially important as parents plan and respond to the developmental and educational needs of their children. Parents are active participants in helping NEC assess the needs of families in the four-state region.
This project is funded by the United States Department of Education, Special Education Programs, and through project discretionary funds earmarked specifically for programs and projects working with infants, children and young adults who are deafblind.