NCSSD recognizes that over 1 million children in the United States have severe and/or sensory disabilities. For 7 years, NCSSD has embraced the mission of improving the nation's capacity to teach children with severe and sensory disabilities so that these children can realize productive and fulfilling adult lives. The distinction of NCSSD is that we embrace the practice of facilitating and promoting collaboration between the severe and sensory disability fields; hence our motto, "Together WE can do more!" To build on our motto, the National Center’s logo is composed of two opposing sets of waves which represent sound and light waves and signify synergy and collaboration.
NCSSD has five strategies to address its Mission:
Policy Analysis, to bring to Washington regulatory and legislative awareness that supports the education of students with low-incidence disabilities.
Information Exchange, to increase the information resources for families, teachers, school administrators, and other service providers about promising practices for students with LID.
Local Support, to increase specialized services to children and their families with LID and to the professionals who serve then in public schools.
Professional Development, to increase the supply of teachers specialized in LID.
Research to Practice, to contribute new knowledge about educational practices for children with LID.
NCSSD has created issue statements addressing the provision of special education and related services to infants, children, and youth who have sensory and/or severe disabilities, thereby increasing awareness and understanding among professional communities. These papers include the following:
- Issues in Blindness and Visual Impairment
- Issues in Deafness and Hard of Hearing
- Issues in Severe Disabilities
Together, we CAN do more
With your help, the National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities
can continue its mission
…Making a Difference in the Lives of One Million Children…
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