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    May 4, 2018
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Enrichment Program

The online Enrichment Program is complete for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Thank you to all of the Faculty and PAC members who have contributed their time and expertise this year!
The complete 2017-2018 Enrichment Program syllabus for Cohort 1 can be found   here

The complete 2017-2018 Enrichment Program syllabus for Cohort 2 can be found   here.
Scholar Scholarship!

NLCSD2 Cohort 2 Scholar, Janna Hasko-Dunagan recently had an article published on visual attention in the early childhood classroom.

Hasko,J.  (2018, April 2). Visual attention in the early childhood classroom. [eBulletin]. Retrieved from

Please click here to read more about Janna.
NLCSD2 Cohort 2 Scholar, Elaine Smolen presented at the AERA Conference in New York, this past April. Please see her presentations below.

Smolen, E. R.  (2018, April).  Research in vocabulary interventions for children with hearing loss who use listening and spoken language.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY.
Rufsvold, R., Wang, Y., Hartman, M. C., Arora, S., & Smolen, E. R. (2018, April).  Language input, language outcomes, vocabulary, and basic concept knowledge of auditory-oral DHH preschool children.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), New York, NY. 

Elaine and NLCSD2 Cohort 2 Scholar, Elizabeth Rosenzweig will be presenting the following presentations at the AG Bell Convention in June. 

Rosenzweig, E. A., & Smolen, E. R. (2018, June). Not just anyone will do: Trends in AV strategy utilization. Paper presented at the convention of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), Scottsdale, AZ (accepted).
Rosenzweig, E. A.Smolen E. R., & Hartman, M. C. (2018, June). Adoption of children with hearing loss: Research, resources, and perspectives. Paper presented at the convention of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell), Scottsdale, AZ (accepted).

Please click here to read more about Elaine.
Please click here to read more about Elizabeth.
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This is a new section of the newsletter where we will be highlighting publications and presentations from our current NLCSD2 Scholars each month.

Please contact Emily Vasile (, Project Coordinator, with any scholarship activities that you would like to see mentioned in the newsletter.
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Please click here to view the new Scholar Publications section on the website.
Envision Research Institute: Policy & Employment Fellowship Program

The Envision Research Institute (ERI), in collaboration with the National Industries for the Blind (NIB), is pleased to announce the availability of a Policy & Employment Fellowship.  This Fellowship is focused on critically examining and better understanding the impact of social trends, population and demographic shifts, and technological advancements for the BVI community, to help chart a course on national policy and workforce development for those with visual impairment.
Applicants must hold an advanced graduate and/or professional degree (e.g. MSc/MA/MPH/MHA, PhD, MD, OD, JD) in public policy, public health, public administration, social work, special education, disability studies, vocational rehabilitation, political science, health administration, population health management, law, or another relevant field.
If you would like to join Envision's mission to be an advocate and a champion who sees ability where others see disability, please submit a cover letter and résumé/CV with 2-3 references to with the subject 'Policy Fellowship.'
Submissions must be received by   12:00pm Central Standard Time on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

Please click here fore the full posting.
Please click here for more information. 
NICE Review Board Search for Reviewers

The National Intervener Certification E-portfolio (NICE) System is an assessment process in which interveners can use to show evidence of their knowledge and skills.

The NICE Review Board is looking for reviewers to review these portfolios. 

Please click here for more information about this opportunity.

Contact  Dr. Ritu Chopr (
Executive Director at  The PAR2ACenter with any questions.
Private Discussion Group for State Deaf-Blind Projects and Related Services

The Mississippi Hearing-Vision Project continues to host an Open Hands Open Access Modules Cohort just for families. 
Families can sign up for whichever of these modules they prefer.
The schedule for the next Modules are:
April 15 - May 30: Module 9: Routines for Participation & Learning

Please click here for more information.
DCDD Position Statement - Teachers of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Critical Resource Needed for Legal Compliance

The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD) has shared a position statement titled, "Teachers of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Critical Resource Needed for Legal Compliance." 

The purpose of this statement is to share evidence supporting the model to meet the language, communication, academic, and social needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Please click here to read the position statement.
ETS Seeks Candidates to Score NJ Praxis Braille Exam

The Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ is seeking qualified candidates for on-site scoring of the Praxis Braille in 2017 and 2018 at their ETS Rosedale campus in Princeton, NJ. 

Scoring dates are scheduled for June of 2018.

Please click here for more information.
Foundations for Literacy is here!

The Center on Literacy and Deafness is pleased to announce the dissemination of its pre-literacy curriculum, Foundations for Literacy, a 25-week/1-hour daily intervention for young DHH children. The intervention has a solid evidence base of its effectiveness in a variety of areas and comes with a 390 page manual and over 700 pages of original materials to be used to implement the program. Online professional learning activities are also available. This summer we are offering free professional development workshops.  Workshops will be available for a fee in future summers. 
For more information, please see the brochure and the website.
U.S. Department of Education Seeks Comments on New Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Website

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is seeking input from users of th  website as part of their effort to provide updated, easy-to-navigate IDEA resources to children with disabilities and their families, teachers, administrators, advocates, and other stakeholders.

To help facilitate this effort, OSERS has posted a  blog for users of the IDEA website to provide comments. OSERS continue efforts to improve their online resources as part of their commitment to ensure that infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities and their families have the supports and services they are entitled to under the IDEA.
Grant Award Recipients!

NLCSD would like to recognize those who received grant awards for the Federal Fiscal Year 2017. We would love to continue to highlight those who receive funding for their programs. Please send the following information to Emily Vasile (NLCSD Coordinator) at
1. Name
2. Project Title
3. Funding Agency
4. Number of Years
5. Focus
Name: Sarah Ammerman, University of Texas Health Science Center
Project Title: Deaf Education and Educational Psychology (D.E.E.P.) Learning in Texas, 325K
Funding Agency: Office of Special Education Programs
Number of Years: 5
Focus: D.E.E.P. Learning in Texas proposes to co-educate aspiring teachers of the deaf (TODs) and educational psychologists, particularly those specializing in school psychology (SP). There is a dearth of professionals who possess competencies from both professions; however, the children with whom each works would benefit from interdisciplinary training. In addition, the fields of deaf education and SP each experience chronic personnel shortages. D.E.E.P. Learning in Texas will help allay that deficit.
Name: Laura Bozeman, University of Massachusetts
Project Title: Interdisciplinary Personnel Preparation Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment
Funding Agency: Office of Special Education Programs
Number of Years: 5
FocusThis award provides scholarship support to prepare 80 new graduate level Teachers of Students with Visual Impairment (TVI) meeting state licensure requirements across the 6 New England states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The funded project will further support program improvements to enhance the interdisciplinary collaboration between TVIs and Orientation and Mobility Specialists (O&M). Through shared coursework, field assignments and practicum placement opportunities, TVIs and O&M specialists will gain a deeper understanding of interdisciplinary teamwork.
Name: Paula Conroy, University of Northern Colorado 
Project Title: Bridging Blindness and Behavior: Applied Behavior Analysis for Preservice Teachers of Children with Visual Impairments and Orientation and Mobility Specialists
Funding Agency: Office of Special Education Programs
Number of Years: 5
FocusThis program provides interdisciplinary training in special education and behavior. ABA  procedures will be the focus in educating scholars to meet the high intensity needs of
children with visual impairments who have additional disabilities, including autism.  The TVI and O&M programs take 2.5 years combined. The Behavior Certificate will take  two summers to complete.  This project proposes to support 44 teachers in VI, O&M and Behavior.  Scholars will earn a MA in Special Education with an Emphasis in Visual Impairment  and be eligible to become nationally certified in Orientation and Mobility. They will also  earn a Behavior Certificate. 
Name : Sandra Lewis, Florida State University
Project Title Critical Initiatives in Visual Impairment
Funding Agency: Florida Department of Education
Number of Years : 1
Focus This award supports the preparation of teachers of students with visual impairments and orientation and mobility specialists in Florida, both at our on-campus location in Tallahassee and at a satellite location in the greater Tampa area.  It also provides funding that allows Florida State University to offer intensive support for students with low vision in the state.  Through this initiative, eligible students are provided comprehensive low vision evaluations by low vision specialists trained to work with children, prescribed handheld, non-electric devices are dispensed to these students, and their teachers and parents are provided ongoing assistance to ensure that students have the skills to use these devices.
Name: Tessa McCarthy, University of Pittsburgh
Project Title: Project Certified Orientation and Mobility/Behavior Specialist (COMBS)
Funding Agency: Office of Special Education Programs
Number of Years: 5
Focus: The Vision Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh was awarded a personnel preparation grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The award will provide five years of funding for Project Certified Orientation and Mobility/Behavior Specialist (COMBS). Project COMBS will provide tuition assistance so that individuals who are already certified as teachers of students with visual impairments can return to school to obtain certification in orientation and mobility as well as certification as a behavior specialist. Similarly, Project Combs will provide tuition assistance to students in the applied behavior analysis program at the University of Pittsburgh if those students will take four core courses in vision studies. The goal is to help professionals to be more well-rounded and able to fully support the members of IEP teams. 
Name: Fabiana Perla, Salus University
Project Title: Project LEGIT (Learning Experiences Grounded in Interprofessional Training
Funding Agency:  Office of Special Education Programs
Number of Years: 5
Focus:  Project  LEGIT stands for  Learning Experiences Grounded in Interprofessional Training. The project will immerse our students in an interprofessional experience both in didactic and direct service and will emphasize working with children with high intensity needs, particularly those with Cortical Visual Impairments (CVI). 

The interdisciplinary components of LEGIT include: 
1) interprofessional coursework/group assignments and lectures, 
2) shared fieldwork/clinical experiences with students in the OT and SLP programs; 
3) direct learning from families of children with disabilities via Families as Faculty Program; 
4) real-world learning experiences  

Project LEGIT w ill be monitored through on-going quantitative and qualitative assessment with input from the Interprofessional Steering Committee, students and content experts. Graduates will be followed for 3-5 years to monitor the impact of the project on services to children with visual impairments.
Name: Arlene Stredler Brown, University of Colorado
Project Title: Enhancing Well-Being for Children with Hearing Loss and Their Families
Funding Agency: NIH
Number of Years: 1
Focus: Exploring, though a partnership between an academic partner (University of Colorado) and a community partner (Families for Hands and Voices) the impact of unilateral hearing loss and single-sided deafness on children 3 - 21 years of age. 
Name: Jenna Voss,  Fontbonne University
Project Title Interdisciplinary Preparation of Teachers of the Deaf and Speech-Language Pathologists to Provide Early Intervention Services to Young  Children Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing and their Families
Funding AgencyOffice of Special Education Programs
Number of Years :   4
Focus Through interdisciplinary education, this project will increase the number of teachers of the deaf  and speech-language pathologists qualified to serve young children who are deaf/hard of hearing  (DHH) and their families. The 6-semester evidence-based program will prepare 4 cohorts of 10  students seeking master's degrees in Early Intervention in Deaf Education (MA) or Speech  language Pathology (MS) to:
  • provide family-centered early intervention to children who are DHH, including those who are culturally/linguistically diverse;
  • participate on interdisciplinary teams to implement and evaluate intensive individualized interventions;
  • enhance language/literacy acquisition;
  • facilitate use of hearing through evidence-based strategies and technology; and
  • support instruction in inclusive environments
PAC Internship Opportunities

If your PAC organization has an internship opportunity that you would like included in the newsletter, please email Emily Vasile, NLCSD Coordinator, at
with the details of the internship.
Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD)
seeks an intern to do research and develop fact sheets on issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing students and schools for the deaf. Specific topics to be determined.  CEASD is an association of schools and educational programs involved with the education of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Founded in 1868, CEASD is committed to the promotion of excellence within a continuum of equitable education opportunities for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. 

Applicant requirements:
  • Enrollment in graduate program
  • Ability to collect, evaluate, analyze, and interpret data
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to work independently
To apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, work sample highlighting research and analysis, and copy of your latest transcript (unofficial transcript is acceptable) to Barbara Raimondo at
The National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (NRTC) at Mississippi State University invites applications for a research internship opportunity. The mission of the NRTC is to enhance employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct research related to employment for people who are blind, visually impaired, or deafblind by working with NRTC researchers on one or more projects.

Please click here for more information.
Employment  Opportunities

The Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education at Utah State University
invites applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant or 
Associate Professor level (depending on qualifications) beginning Fall 2018.

To apply: Contact

Review of applicants will begin May 10, 2018 and will continue until position is filled.

Please click here for more information.

The Department of Education at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College
is seeking applications for an open rank (assistant, associate, or full professor) faculty position in visual impairments.

Please click here for more information.
California State University Northridge
is seeking applications for Dean of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education.

Review of applications begins February 7, 2018.
Position open until filled.

Please click here for more information.
Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Department:  Regional Resource Center on Deafness
Recruitment #:  S1764
is seeking applicants for a director position.
Closing Date:  Review begins  March 16, 2018.  
Position open until filled.
This is a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, annually renewable, unclassified position in the Regional Resource Center on Deafness at Western Oregon University (WOU) in Monmouth. The opportunity to back-fill workload with grants and contracts to achieve a full 1.0 FTE is expected.

Please click here for the full job posting.
The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska Lincoln
invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of education of the deaf and hard of hearing. The position is non-tenure.

Please click here for the full job posting.
The School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at the University of Massachusetts Boston 
seeks applications for an educator in Vision Studies with expertise in preparing teachers of students with visual impairment (TVI) and orientation and mobility specialists (O&M). 

Please click  here for the full job posting.
Please click  here to apply.
Utah State University is looking for a Department Head for the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education. 
Please click here for the full job posting.
City University of New York at Hunter College
will be posting for a tenured track assistant or associate professor line for the programs in Blindness and Visual Impairment and Severe/ Multiple Disabilities including Deafblindness to begin Fall 2018. If you are interested in the position, please contact Ellen Trief directly at

Please click here for more information.
California State University - LA (CSULA)  invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Orientation & Mobility and Visual Impairments position.

Please click here for the full job posting. 
Jackson State University Department of Special Education  seeks to hire a program coordinator for the Deep South Synergy (DS² ) Training Teachers of the Visually Impaired Project.  

Please click  here for the full job posting.
North Carolina Central University is seeking a full-time, tenure track faculty member for its program in Teaching Visually Impaired Children.  For more information please contact Dr. William Wiener ( ).

Please click here for the full job posting.
The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes  is currently advertising for two postdoctoral fellows to provide research and analysis support for national-level activities. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Please click here for the full job posting.
The Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders of the College of Education & Human Development in conjunction with Perimeter College of Georgia State University  seeks to hire a Clinical Assistant Professor to direct and teach the American Sign Language Interpreter Education Program.  The search will remain open until filled by a qualified candidate.

Please click here for the full job posting. 
National Technical Institute for the Deaf is currently advertising for 4 tenure-track assistant professors to teach Developmental English or Composition and Rhetoric in the Department of Liberal Studies. 

For more information please email Dr. Eugene Lylak, Chair, Search Committee-Developmental English ( or Pam Conley - Chair, Search Committee - Comp. and Rec. (
Professional Development Opportunities


Hadley School for the Blind:  
Seminars@Hadley Podcasts 

National Center on Deaf-Blindness: Webinars

National Technical Assistance Center on Blindness and Visual Impairment (NTAC-BVI): Continuing Education Courses in   Blindness and Visual Impairment 

TSBVI:    Active Learning   

   Upcoming Conferences & Meetings
  June, 2018

  06/01-06/03: Teaching Professor Conference, Atlanta, GA

  06/21-06/23: 2018 ASDC Conference, Salt Lake City, UT

  06/21-06/24: VISIONS2018, San Diego, CA

   of the Deaf and Hearing ImpairedParis, France

  06/28-06/30: 2018 AG Bell Convention, Scottsdale, AZ

  July, 2018

  07/23-07/25: Project Director's Conference, Washington D.C.

  07/25-07/29:  AER International Conference 2018Reno, NV

  August, 2018

  08/22-08/25: Envision Conference, Wichita, KS  

  September, 2018

  October, 2018

  10/18-10/20: Leadership in Higher Education Conference, Minneapolis,  

  January, 2019

  Indianapolis, IN

  February, 2019

  March, 2019

  03/16-03/18: ASCD Empower19 Conference: Chicago, IL

  April, 2019

  04/05-04/09: AERA, Toronto, ON, Canada

  04/24-04/26: 2019 Penn-Del AER Conference, Harrisburg, PA
NLCSD Resource Bank

A bank of resources has been created on higher education, mentorship, grantsmanship, leadership, and research in sensory disabilities for your reference.

Please continue to check the Resource Bank, as it is updated monthly. If you would like a resource added to the bank, please email Emily Vasile (, NLCSD Coordinator.  

You can access the bank on the NLCSD website under the  Resources Bank  tab
Join NLCSD's Facebook Group!

At the July 2016 Scholars' Meeting, many participants requested an easy way of communicating with the NLCSD community, and one suggestion was a closed group on Facebook. We encourage all members of NLCSD to join and to use it as a vehicle to share information, collaborate, and strengthen our cross-disability  group. Please use the link below to access the Facebook group.  

You can also follow us on Twitter: @NLCSDproject
The Ever Growing Newsletter!

The NLCSD newsletter continues to expand! 

We've added many professional opportunities and resources.  If you are interested in writing about your conference of choice experience or if you'd like to add anything to the newsletter, please contact Emily Vasile, NLCSD Coordinator a

For all general inquiries or questions related to travel reimbursement, please contact The NLCSD at
For More Information

For more information about NLCSD, please contact Brooke Kruemmling ( or Emily Vasile (

T he contents of this newsletter were developed as part of a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Education (#325H140002) and Salus University .  These contents do not necessarily represent the policies of Salus University, nor the U.S. Department of Education.