Foundations in Deafblindness Series

An introductory series to deafblindness. Sessions will cover an introduction to hearing and vision, deafblindness, and an introduction to communication. Those interested in attending can register for sessions below.

Overview of Deafblindness

This session will cover the range of sensory needs, learning needs, and the referral process.

October 6, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Presenter(s): Tracy Luiselli, Talia Mango, Elizabeth (Lily) McDonagh

Hearing Loss: Types, Causes, Degrees, and Impact on Speech and Language Development

Participants will gain knowledge in the anatomy and physiology of the ear; type, causes, and degree of hearing loss, interpretation of the audiogram, and the implications of hearing loss on speech and language development.

October 13, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Presenter(s): Dr. Nicole Laffan

Amplification Options: Hearing Aids, Implantable Devices, and Assistive Listening Devices

Participants will gain knowledge on the amplification options, candidacy requirements, troubleshooting tips, and educational accommodations and teaching strategies associated with helping a child succeed in school.

October 20, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Presenter(s): Dr. Nicole Laffan

Introduction to Vision

This session will provide an overview of the visual system and the different types of vision loss.

October 27, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Presenter(s): Brenda Allair

Overview of Communication Strategies for Learners with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

This session will cover the forms and functions of communication.

November 3, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Presenter(s): Amy Starble

Communication Strategies for Learners with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (Cont.)

This session will cover routines and calendar systems as well as developing a communication plan.

November 17, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Presenter(s): Amy Starble

Amplification Options: Hearing Aids, Implantable Devices, and Assistive Listening Devices

Participants will increase their knowledge of auditory processing disorders including the definition, cause, assessment, treatment, and educational accommodations.

December 1, 2021
3:00pm to 4:30pm EST

Presenter(s): Dr. Nicole Laffan

Developing a Communication Profile

This session will cover assessment and the organization of communication forms, functions, and strategies to support receptive and expressive communication.

December 8, 2021
3:00pm to 5:00pm EST

Presenter(s): TBD

Family Connection Calls

Monthly calls for the families of children registered with NEC. Learn about various topics and connect with other parents.

Home Environments

Home environments for children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities.

September 29, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Presenter(s): Tracy Luiselli and Kristen Shorey

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and Advocacy

IEPs and how to advocate for what your child with dual sensory loss needs.

October 27, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Presenter(s): Tracy Luiselli and Sonu Rangnekar

Home Based Routines

Learn about how you can incorporate simple home-based routines for your child with dual sensory loss.

November 17, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Presenter(s): Talia Mango

Siblings

December 15, 2021
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Presenter(s): TBD

Transition

Everything you need to know about transitions for your child!

January 26, 2022
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Presenter(s): Elizabeth (Lily) McDonagh and Sue Hollis

Summer Ideas and Camps

Ideas for summer vacation and information about how to select a summer camp for your child.

February 16, 2022
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Presenter(s): Sue Hollis and Sonu Rangnekar

Virtual Craft Activity

Join the NEC time for a virtual craft! Registration is required for attendance to this event.

March 30, 2022
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Presenter(s): Talia Mango, Elizabeth (Lily) McDonagh, Tracy Luiselli

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Community Activities and Resources

Get involved in your community! In this session we will discuss how to locate resources and community activities in your area.

April 27, 2022
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Presenter(s): TBD

Planting and Gardening

Learn about plants and gardening.

May 19, 2022
1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

Presenter(s): TBD