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National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities

Project Director:


Dr. Kathleen M. Huebner, SALUS University

John Killoran, TRI, Liaison to the Deafblind Community

Contact Phone:



503-838-9623 (TTY)



Funding Source:


U.S. Department of Education, The Office of Special Education Programs)

Project Description:

This contract provides for deaf-blind representation on the NLCSD Executive Leadership team and establishes a formal liaison between NLCSD, the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, the state and multi-state deaf-blind technical assistance projects and various personnel preparation programs across the country. NLCSD, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to Salus University, consists of 24 universities with doctoral programs that have an emphasis in one or more of the three sensory impairments: blind/visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, and deafblindness. Five of the programs specifically target doctoral level studies in deafblindness. NLCSD provides a unique doctoral study experience for qualified individuals committed to the education of infants, toddlers, children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. Full tuition and a minimum $20,000 annual living stipend are provided to NLCSD Fellows for up to four years of full-time on campus study while they earn their doctorates at Consortium Universities. A variable service obligation will be required of each fellow upon completion of their program of studies. In addition to their individual university program of study, the Fellows also participate in a structured, research focused enrichment program. This will include an on-line asynchronous, wiki based research forum which provides opportunities to critically examine research issues in the field, engage in discussion with faculty and researchers across the country, and engage collaboratively in designing, implementing and disseminating research. The enrichment program also provides opportunities to participate in research and issue-based seminars through interactive web technologies and resources, opportunities for externships, as well as face-to-face meetings and national conferences.

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