National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities

The National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities (NCSSD) since 2001 has been the nation’s premier resource center for information, training, and technical assistance for families and educators of more than 1 million school children who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, visually impaired, or who have severe disabilities.  Our accomplishments include:

  • Award-winning online courses in blindness and visual impairment, deafness and hard of hearing, and significant support needs
  • Self-paced professional development modules to help teachers address issues in their classrooms and become highly qualified in science and math
  • Pop-upIEPs” (interactive fact sheets) that parents can use to counter stumbling blocks when discussing Individualized Education Programs with public school officials
  • Consultation with public school administrators to find local resources to support a student’s needs
  • Databases of relevant research in the field
  • Creating online communities to support researchers
  • Hosting biennial conferences devoted to promoting research for the sensory and severe disability fields:

Part of the University of Northern Colorado’s nationally recognized School of Special Education, the center was authorized in 2001 by Congress and is funded by contributions from private sources with support from the university.