The NEC Deafblind Leadership Institute

Attendees of a training wearing stimulators
September 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to October 2, 2020 - 12:00pm
Grousbeck Center
United States
175 North Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472


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.

The key goals of this training are to: 

  • Facilitate a “community of practice” in the field of deafblindness in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New hampshire and Vermont that facilitates the sharing of information about best practices in deafblind education
  • Provide collegial support to staff working with children and youth who are deafblind
  • Increase the number of personnel with knowledge and use of evidenced-based practices related to the field of deafblindness
  • Support team consultation and instate training to team members and state agencies
  • Develop state action plans and conduct state activities to address the technical assistance needs of children and youth who are deafblind, their families and service providers 

Project Requirements:

DB Advisors must commit to the two year training project by attending 3, 2-day training modules at Perkins School for the Blind, 3 interim phone/video conferences and a final project  demonstrating use of at least one evidence based practice.

Training Dates

  • September 20th - Teleconference (12-2:00)
  • October 17th and 18th, 2019 - 2 Day Session (10-4:00 & 9-4:00)
  • December 12th, 2019 - Teleconference (12-2:00)
  • January 17th, 2020 - Teleconference (12-2:00)
  • March 7th, 2020 - Teleconference (12-2:00)
  • April 30th and May 1st, 2020; - 2 Day Session
  • October 1st and October 2nd, 2020 - FINAL Presentations

DB Leaders will need direct access to a child who has combined vision and hearing loss in order to complete observations and assessments. We encourage attendees to embed training activities within your ongoing work scope to minimize additional work demands.   

NEC is in the process of pursuing graduate credit opportunities. At least forty-eight Professional Development Points will be awarded.

To register: Contact Linh Tran at

Event Date: 
September 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to October 2, 2020 - 12:00pm
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