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Research at the National Center

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB, 2002) defines scientifically based research as "the application of rigorous, systematic, and objective procedures to obtain reliable and valid knowledge" (Title I (B) (1208). Spooner and Browder (2003) have argued that the NCLB definition fails to acknowledge the challenges of conducting research in the area of low-incidence disabilities.

NCSSD recognizes the challenges for conducting research on children with low-incidence disabilities including deficits in scientifically based research and isolation of researchers. One of the goals of NCSSD is to address these challenges by contributing to the research base, facilitating research-to-practice, and promoting collaborative research among the fields of visual impairment, deaf and hard of hearing, and severe disabilities.

NCSSD Research Completed and In Progress
To contribute new knowledge about educational practices in the fields of severe and sensory disabilties, completed research projects NCSSD and its partners are available for review and replication via the above link.
Research Summits
NCSSD supports and encourages collaborative research in low-incidence disability fields by hosting the biennial Research in the Rockies Summit for doctoral learners and faculty across the country.

2002 Research in the Rockies, Greeley, CO
2003 Research Rockies, Denver, CO
2004 Research Rockies, Denver, CO
2006 Research in the Rockies, Vail, CO
2008 Research in the Rockies, Greeley, CO
2010 Research in the Rockies, Denver, CO

NCSSD also served as the Secretariat for the 2005 Getting in Touch with Literacy Conference in Denver, CO.

Project PRISM
A Longitudinal Study of Developmental Patterns of Children Who Are Visually Impaired
State Assessment Data
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Dissertations in Low-Incidence Disabilities
Dissertations provide the opportunity to become informed about research trends and emerging leaders. View citations in the areas of visual impairment, deaf and hard of hearing, and severe disabilities since 1996.
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