Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Deafblind On-Line Learning Modules

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The New England Consortium for Deafblind Technical Assistance and Training (NEC) will offer another FREE session of the Deafblind On-line Learning Modules created by the National Center on Deafblindness (NCDB).  Children who are deafblind have a wide range of sensory loss ranging from mild to total lack of vision and hearing loss. Over 90% of this population has residual vision and hearing and the incidence of children with total vision and hearing loss is rare. Although many children who are deafblind are viewed under the category of “multiple disabilities”, the combined nature of both vision and hearing loss results in a unique disability, requiring specialized services and supports.

The training will begin on May 22, 2017 and end on Sept. 15, 2017.

It is open to people in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and New Hampshire.

The online modules are an exciting opportunity to learn more about Deafblindness and engage with a consortium of service providers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and via discussion forums. Upon completion of each group of modules, you will receive a certificate of completion and Professional Development Points (6 PDPs per module).
Modules Described: Each module is designed to increase knowledge related to intervention for students who have combined vision and hearing loss or at risk (ages 3 through 21). The module content was created by a diverse group of experts in the field of Deafblindness including state and national deafblind project staff, parents of children who are deaf-blind, higher education faculty, teachers, educational interpreters, and interveners. Also, each module takes about 6 hours to complete and includes accessible videos, photographs, slide presentations, and learning activities.
To learn more about each module – visit


  • NEC will host NCDB On-Line Modules to support a new group of service providers working with a child(ren) who have combined vision and hearing loss or who are at-risk. Module Group (A) 1, 2, 4, 5, 25
  • NEC will also host NCDB On-Line Modules to support continuing groups of service providers working with a child(ren) who have combined vision and hearing loss or who are at-risk. Module Group (B) 6,7,8,25; Module Group (C) 9,10,11,12,25; Module Group (D) 13,14,15,16,25; Module Group (E) 17,18,19,20,21
  • We encourage teams to participant (i.e., one classroom teacher and one paraprofessional/aide) but parents and individual service providers are also welcome!
  • Modules are hosted by a Facilitator and participants will be provided support and feedback in completion of each module. The modules can be completed at a time most convenient for you and at your own pace. NOTE: Each individual module takes 6-8 hours to complete so there is a time commitment. Many participants report that it’s a fun and convenient opportunity to share ideas and expertise!
For more information go to or contact, 617-972-7515

Modules Available Now:

  • Module 1: An Overview of Deaf-Blindness and Instructional Strategies
  • Module 2: The Sensory System, The Brain, and Learning
  • Module 3: The Role of the Intervener in Educational Settings
  • Module 4: Building Trusted Relationships
  • Module 5: Availability for Learning
  • Module 6: Understanding Communication Principles
  • Module 7: Emergent Communication
  • Module 8: Non –Symbolic to Symbolic Communication
  • Module 9: Routines
  • Module 10: Concept Development and Active Learning
  • Module 11: Intervener Strategies
  • Module 12: Maximizing Vision and Hearing
  • Module 13: Calendars
  • Module 14: Introduction to Orientation and Mobility for Interveners
  • Module 15: Orientation and Mobility in Everyday Routines
  • Module 16: Self -Determination
  • Module 17: Social Skills
  • Module 18: Collaborative Teaming and Family Partnerships

Recently Released Modules

Module 19: Accessing the Curriculum and Environment
  • Module 20: Values, Ethics, & Professionalism
  • Module 21: Sexuality
  • Module 22: Introduction to Sign Language and Braille
  • Module 23: Behavioral and Environmental Supports
  • Module 24: Transition to Adulthood and Community Living
  • Module 25: Touch for Connecting and Learning
  • Module 26: Touch for Connection and Communication
  • Module 27: Putting it all together

Event Date: 

May 22, 2017