NEC Consultant Spotlight: Karen Olson

The New England Consortium on Deafblindness invites you to learn more about our consultant Karen Olson!

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The New England Consortium on Deafblindness (NEC) has different consultants serving families for each of our five states. Karen Olson works with children and families in the Connecticut region!

A little about Karen’s background.

Karen received her M.Ed. in Deafblind/Multi-handicapped Education from Boston College. She has worked as a classroom teacher at Perkins School for the Blind in the Deafblind Department and later as an Itinerant P/S teacher, and as a classroom English teacher at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (Gallaudet University in Washington DC). Later, as an Education Consultant for children with deafblindness at the Bureau of Education & Services for the Blind (BESB) in Connecticut, she was Supervisor of Children’s Services for BESB before retiring in 2016.  Now she’s joined NEC as an Education Consultant!

From Karen herself, “[What] I enjoy most about my work is meeting new children and learning about all their capabilities. I love when I’m working with a child and after a period of time, seeing that small light of understanding come on.”

In her personal life, Karen spends her days off jumping onto her bicycle and going for a long ride. Something that would surprise you about her, she went to the Woodstock Festival in 1969! NEC is proud to have Karen on our team!