New England Regional Representative
Christine was the Region 1 DeafBlind Employment Specialist for Helen Keller National Center for the past two years. She specialized in job development and successfully placed several DeafBlind consumers in competitive integrated employment settings. Recently, Christine has taken on the new role of the Regional Representative for Region 1 for the Helen Keller National Center.
Christine Telford is an experienced DeafBlind Specialist, and Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist. She attended Towson University’s Deaf Studies Program, received a certificate in sign language interpreting from Community College of Baltimore City, and a Masters of Rehabilitation of the Blind from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has worked in the Developmental Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation field specializing in Deaf and DeafBlind services for over 12 years.
Her experience includes providing employment services to DeafBlind individuals directly, overseeing Support Service Provider Programs, and providing technical assistance to individuals who are DeafBlind and their families/support systems. In Maryland, while working as the DeafBlind Specialist at the Division of the Rehabilitation Services, she often worked closely with CRPs (community rehabilitation programs) providing hands on training to their staff. The primary focus of her role while in Maryland was the expansion of community resources for the DeafBlind. Additionally, she provided one-on-one employment services, developed a VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) focused SSP (Support Service Provider) program and case management services for the entire state.