New England

HKNC Regional Network

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Contact Info:

2 Abbott St.
P.O. Box 152
Woburn, MA, 01801

Voice: 516-320-0265
VP: 781-257-2000

Tara Brown-Ogilvie

Regional Representative Tara Brown-Ogilvie

Our regional offices bring HKNC resources to you.

Your regional representative knows all about the programs and services that are available to DeafBlind individuals, their families and service providers in your state and beyond, and can help you find and access the ones that are right for you.

Whether you’re interested in learning about support services near your home, would like to take advantage of the technology available through the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program or want to explore the possibility of training at our national headquarters, your regional representative is your link to all that HKNC has to offer ─ consultation, advocacy, assessment, training, referrals and more.

Meet the representatives and specialists in your region.

Tara Brown-Ogilvie

Tara Brown-Ogilvie

Regional Representative

Tara Brown-Ogilvie joined the HKNC family in 2014 and in 2020 returned as the Region 1 representative. Tara has enjoyed over 10 years of working with youth and adults who are DeafBlind as a support service provider, vision rehabilitation therapist, tactual sign language interpreter, and certified orientation and mobility specialist.

Tara is a National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD) scholar pursuing a Ph.D. in Special Education at University of Northern Colorado (UNCO). She also holds a M.S.Ed. with an emphasis in Orientation and Mobility and a B.S. in Sign Language Interpreting.

In 2019, she was awarded the Division on Visual Impairments and DeafBlindness (DVIDB) Virginia M. Sowell Student of the Year Award which recognizes a student committed to the education and rehabilitation of individuals with visual impairments and deafblindness. She has co-authored several articles related to visual impairment, DeafBlindness, and disability support services. Tara has also worked as an adjunct instructor and enjoys guest speaking at university classes, professional in-services, and conferences on DeafBlindess, transition services, orientation and mobility and communication access.

Christine Telford

Christine Telford

Massachusetts DeafBlind Employment Specialist

Christine Telford is the DeafBlind Employment Specialist for the State of Massachusetts. She works with DeafBlind individuals in their home communities providing orientation and mobility and employment services. She specializes in soft skills training and resume development.

She is an experienced DeafBlind Specialist, and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist. She grew up on Long Island and then 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 the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She has worked in the Developmental Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation field specializing in Deaf and DeafBlind services.

In Maryland, while working as the DeafBlind Specialist at the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Christine worked closely with CRPs including HKNC. The primary focus of the role was the expansion of community resources for the DeafBlind. Additionally, she provided one-on-one employment services and case management services for the entire state. Her proven track record in the vocational rehabilitation field offers deep evidence of her passion and dedication to the DeafBlind community. Over the past 12 years, she has been an ally and advocate of communication rights and the right to informed choice. She credits the community for providing her with the hands-on training and direct experience necessary to succeed and grow in this field.

Local & Community Services

Are you interested in getting involved in the DeafBlind community in the New England Region? Your regional representative can provide information about social gatherings, conferences, listservs and more. Check this space for announcements about upcoming events or contact your regional representative to request email notifications.

Ask your regional representative about:

  • The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
  • Local services and referrals
  • On-site assessment, consultation, and training
  • Making connections with other individuals and families within the DeafBlind community
  • Technical assistance and in-service training
  • Plans for youth transitioning from educational programs to post-educational services
  • Educational materials and presentations about the capabilities and preferences of people with combined vision and hearing loss

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