NEC Professional Development and Trainings

NEC Professional Development Opportunities

In addition to technical assistance and training for professionals of students with combined vision and hearing loss, the New England Consortium on Deafblindness additionally provides ongoing professional development and training opportunities. If you would like a PDF version of our current professional development opportunities, click here


Foundational Series in Deafblindness

Introductory Level
Wednesdays from October 14, 2020 through December 16, 2020. Sessions will be facilitated by NEC staff and will utilize the Foundational Modules on Deafblindness. Certificates of attendance will be provided at the end of the webinar series (12 hours). Please note: Registration will close at 12pm the day of the module. Late registrations will not be accepted.


Session 1: Introduction to Deafblindness

October 14, 2020

3:00 to 4:30 PM

This presentation includes an introduction to deafblindness and its various presentations. The session will cover information about deafblind learners and their unique learning needs.

Event Registration Link for Session 1: Introduction to deafblindness


Session 2: Introduction to Vision Loss

October 21, 2020

3:00 to 4:30 PM

Session 2: Introduction to Vision Loss
This session covers acuity measures as well as the various types of vision loss and their implications.

Event Registration Link for Session 2: Introduction to Vision Loss


Session 3: Introduction to Hearing Loss

October 28, 2020

3:00 to 4:30 PM

This session will cover the types of hearing loss and their causes, as well as basic information about sound and hearing (pitch, frequency, etc.).

Event Registration Link for Session 3: Introduction to Hearing Loss


Session 4: Interaction with Objects

November 4, 2020

3:00 to 4:30 PM

This session will cover information about how learners with deafblindness interact with and learn concepts from objects.

Event Registration Link for Session 4: Interaction with Objects


Session 5: Interactions with Touch

November 18, 2020

3:00 to 4:30 PM

This session covers the importance of touch for learners with deafblindness and covers the basics of hand under hand techniques, assessment, and environmental considerations.

Event Registration Link for Session 5: Interactions with Touch


Session 6: Hand-Under-Hand

December 2, 2020

3:00 to 4:30 PM

An in-depth session about hand under hand strategies and techniques.

Event Registration Link for Session 6: Hand-Under-Hand


Session 7: Development of Communication

December 9, 2020

3:00 to 4:30 PM

This session covers the overall stages of communication development and the intentionality of communication. Attendees will learn about communicative strategies for learners with deafblindness.

Event Registration Link for Session 7: Development of Communication


Session 8: Utilizing Routines and Calendar Systems

December 16, 2020 

3:00 to 4:30 PM

Session 8: Utilizing Routines and Calendar Systems
This session includes the basics of calendar systems, materials, and how to implement their use with learners who have combined vision and hearing loss.

Event Registration Link for Session 8: Utilizing Routines and Calendar Systems


Para/Intervener Training in Deafblindness (On-line Modules)

October 16, 2020 to December 16, 2020

This training utilizes a self-paced module completion format. As soon as you complete one module, you will be enrolled in the next module. The modules were created by NCDB, lead to certification as an intervener, and can also be used by providers for more in-depth professional development in deafblindness. The modules are more intensive than intro level training and each module takes about 6-8 hrs. to complete. The first cohort will be offered fall 2020, with ongoing facilitation to support engagement and completion. There are 27 modules in total – the first cohort will cover the following:

Module 1: Overview of Deaf-Blindness and Instructional Principles
Module 2: Sensory Systems, Brain and Learning
Module 4: Building Trusting Relationships and Positive Self Image
Module 5: Availability for Learning
Module 25: Touch for Connecting and Learning

Facilitated by Tina Hertzog, co-author of several NCDB modules, and national trainer in deafblindness and online learning.

Series Registration Link


NCDB Professional development Series: Deafblind Strategies

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB):
Six webinars on instructional strategies for children and youth who are deaf-blind. Audience: families, educators, and others interested in deafblindness.

Click here for more information


The Winter Summit on Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

Fridays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

January 29th, 2021, February 5th, 2021, February 12th, 2021, February 19th, 2021. 

To view the full agenda for this event, click here.

Please note: These sessions are virtual. You may register for any of the sessions that are of interest to you, there is no requirement to attend all of them. 

 

Hearing Loss and Educational Implications

Friday, January 29th, 2021

8:45 am to 3:00pm

Registration Link

This session covers the types and classification of hearing loss, the latest audiological news, assistive listening devices, and sign language. 


Vision Loss and Educational Implications

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Registration Link

9:00am to 3:00pm

This session covers an overview of the educational system, basic eye conditions, brain based visual impairments, and a discussion. 


Cytomegalovirus Awareness Day

Friday, February 12th, 2021

9:00am to 3:00pm

Registration Link

This session covers cytomegalovirus and congenital cytomegalovirus, audiological and visual considerations related to the condition, the need for universal screen and proper precautions, and parent perspectives. 


Communication Considerations, Strategies, Devices, and Consultation

Friday, February 19th, 2021

10:00am to 3:00pm

Registration Link

This session covers effective communication strategies to support children with multiple disaffiliates and consultation for learners with complex needs.