What are the objectives of NLCSD?

The National Center for Leadership in Sensory Disabilities (NCLSD) has four major objectives:

  • Objective 1: Produce 28 doctoral leaders who specialize in the areas of educating children and youth who are blind/visually impaired (B/VI), deaf/hard of hearing (D/HH) or deafblind (DB).
  • Objective 2:  Create and utilize a consortium to provide guidance in the design and implementation of a multi-university, doctoral-level leadership preparation program in the special education sensory disabilities fields of D/HH, B/VI, and DB.  
  • Objective 3: Develop and implement a Core Curriculum to be known as the “Research-Based Enrichment Program” to deliver research-based forums.  These forums will utilize various modes of technology deemed to be appropriate by the University Consortium, Public Advisory Council, Enrichment Committee, Technology Committee, Fellows and Leadership Team (e.g., Blackboard, Wiki, Webcasts, Webinars, and Face-to-Face meetings).
  • Objective 4: Create an inclusive online “Community of Learners” composed of professionals, individuals with disabilities, and parents who are involved in the education of students who are either D/HH, B/VI, and DB.

How is this project implemented?

NLCSD is a collaborative effort.  The Consortium of Institutions of Higher Education, in conjunction with Salus University and the Leadership Team and the Public Advisory Committee, and the Fellows works to develop and implement the Enrichment program, which is the core of the project.  Salus University is the fiscal agent.

How does NLCSD work?

NLCSD was funded to prepare 28 doctoral leaders in sensory disabilities over 2 cohorts.  Each prospective Fellow had to apply and be accepted by their university as well as be accepted by NLCSD.  An application committee comprised of Consortium members across all 3 disability areas reviewed each application.

The first Cohort of Fellows matriculated in Fall 2010 and the second in Fall 2011.  Fellows are funded for 4 years of full time study, receive a stipend, and costs associated with attending Enrichment Program conferences and activities.

Fellows participate in Enrichment activities that are led by the Consortium.  These activities include face-to-face meetings, conference attendance, and synchronous and asynchronous distance activities.  The Enrichment program is designed to augment instruction the Fellows are receiving at their home universities and to create a community across sensory disabilities where learning and collaboration are at the forefront.