Bresnahan Halstead Center
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center is committed to work for the advancement of knowledge and quality of services for people with disabilities and their families through:
- Professional Development
- Technical Assistance
- Early Childhood Summit
- Special Education Directors' Leadership Academy
- Behavior Academy
- GOAL Program (get GOAL student scholarship application here)
- Student Scholarships/Financial Assistance
- Travel (both national and international)
The Center works in partnership with various agencies in Colorado, the nation, and internationally to achieve these missions. The Bresnahan-Halstead Center operates within its established bylaws.
Need help with remote learning? Let us help.
Download these valuable guides to resources and tips for teaching students with disabilities not only during the pandemic, but beyond:
- Tips for Parents in Special Education Remote Learning
- Tips for Parents in Special Education Remote Learning--Spanish version
- Special Education Remote Learning--Best Practices
Save the summer
We were unable to offer face-to-face conferences during the Summer of 2020 due to
the COVID pandemic and unfortunately, because things are still uncertain with regard
to the pandemic, we will not be able to meet face-to-face during the Summer of 2021.
However, we are putting together professional development experiences via alternative
formats on topics relevant to the field of special education in the areas of early
childhood, leadership, and behavior. Please check back for more information on these
About the Center
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center was established in 1994 as a result of an endowment established at the University of Northern Colorado by Charles Bresnahan and his wife Mary.
Mr. Bresnahan provided the endowment to honor his grandson, Trent Halstead, who died in 1993 at the age of 33. Mr. Halstead was identified with Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited abnormality of the X chromosome, causing disabilities ranging from mild to severe intensity.
Charles Bresnahan was well known in the Colorado business and athletic worlds. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 for his achievements as a four-sport star at Colorado A & M (now Colorado State University) and for his longtime work as a referee in several sports. He also had a successful career in Denver area real estate. He died in 1995 at the age of 96.
Get more information about Fragile X Syndrome here.
Go On And Learn
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center at the University of Northern Colorado is excited to partner with the Colorado Initiative for Inclusive Higher Education (IN) and the state of Colorado in designing and piloting one of the state’s first higher education programs for students with intellectual disabilities, GOAL (Go On And Learn). GOAL is a residential four-year certificate program designed to enroll students with intellectual disabilities each year into college courses modified by UNC GOAL staff, students, and volunteers.
How Can the Bresnahan-Halstead Center Support You?
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center can support you in the following areas:
The Center seeks to increase the knowledge and skills of professionals who work with students with disabilities for the purpose of improving the academic, social, emotional, and vocational outcomes of individuals with disabilities.
Technical Assistance & Partnerships
The Center seeks to create and support partnerships with professionals and organizations that work with students with disabilities to improve the academic, social, emotional and vocational outcomes of individuals with disabilities.
The Center provides funding on an annual basis to assist faculty in the School of Special Education at UNC to conduct research that is aligned with the mission of the Center.
The Center is committed to assisting students in pursuit of their doctoral degree in the School of Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado by providing academic scholarships/financial assistance to a full-time student.
The Center provides support for travel to professional conferences to faculty in the School of Special Education at UNC or members of the Center's Advisory Board to present and share their research that impacts the field of special education.