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Webinar: The Power of the Deafblind Technical Assistance Network: What’s in it for You?

When: November 15, 2023 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT


Early Identification and Referral is the cornerstone for enhancing services and support for families of children with deafblindness. This webinar will provide an overview of the Deafblind Technical Assistance Network as well as share common risk factors and etiologies.

Through hearing a family’s story, participants will learn how state deafblind projects, families, and EHDI personnel collaborated to create enhanced services and supports. The session will conclude with a Q&A discussion.


  • Increased awareness of the deafblind technical assistance network and the resources and support available to families
  • Increased understanding of how collaborative partnerships between state organizations create positive outcomes, experiences, and engagement for families.
  • Increased knowledge of how building interagency partnerships can maximize effectiveness for organizations


Emma Nelson, MS Ed is the Initiative Lead for Early Identification and Referral at the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). She is certified as an early childhood special educator and has taught infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with complex needs including deaf-blindness in classrooms, community, and home-based settings. Before coming to NCDB, she served as Project Director for Vermont’s Federal Deaf-Blind Project. Emma is trained in Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) and earned her Master's degree at Hunter College in Early Childhood Special Education with a concentration in severe and multiple disabilities and deaf-blindness.