Committee on Severe/Multiple Disabilities

Chair: Susan Bruce

Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction Department
120 Champion Hall
Boston College 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3813
617/552-4239 (Office)

susan.bruce@bc.edu

What is The Committee Multiple and Severe Disabilities, and how does it relate to the overall Division?

The primary purpose of DCDD is to promote the welfare, development, and education of infants, toddlers, children and youth with communicative disabilities or who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Committee Multiple and Severe Disabilities focuses on current issues, curricula and family centered practices for students with speech, language and/or hearing difficulties who also have multiple or severe disabilities. The purpose of this committee is to provide an opportunity for educators working with these students and their families to network, advocate, and reflect on challenges encountered on a daily basis. This committee seeks individuals who are willing to take a leadership role in ensuring positive interaction among educators, families and legislative bodies promoting best practice. This committee encourages a closer examination and discussion of such challenges as collaboration with families and community agencies, accessibility to general education programs/child care facilities, sensitivity to diversity within the population, careful understanding of medical and technological advances, current brain research, among others. In addition, this committee serves as a forum for proposed solutions.

How Can I Become Involved?

The Committee is in the process of identifying individuals within each state who are willing to act as a conduit of information regarding the Committee to other educators who work with students with multiple and severe disabilities in their states. If you want to make a difference in the lives of these children and their families, please consider becoming an active member of the Committee by contacting me (see below). I strongly encourage your participation! Make that critical difference for children in your state!

For More Information, Contact

Susan Bruce, Chair
Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction Department
120 Champion Hall
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3813
617/552-4239 (Office)
susan.bruce@bc.edu


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  • Evidence-Based Practices in Communication Intervention for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing with Intellectual Disabilities by Susan Bruce
  • Assessment of Communication by Susan Bruce
  • Evidence-Based Practices on Communication for Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Susan Bruce

  • News on Activities of the NJC by Susan Bruce 

  • Individualizing and Personalizing Literacy Instruction by Susan Bruce

  • Communication, Abuse, and Neglect in Individuals with Severe Disabilities by Susan Bruce

  • Attunement  by Susan Bruce

  • Teaching a Variety of Communicative Functions to Prelinguistic Communicators by Susan Bruce 

  • New Edition of a WelLoved Book "Teaching Communication Skills to Students with Severe Disabilities" by Susan Bruce 
  • Communication Intervention Frameworks by Susan Bruce
  • November 2014 Topical Conversations on Augmentative and Alternative Communication by Susan Bruce
  • Portable Schedules by Susan Bruce
  • Commentary on Effective Implementation of Object Schedules/Anticipation Shelves by Susan Bruce
  • Adaptations of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) by Susan Bruce
  • The Picture Exchange Communication System by Susan Bruce
  • Severe Message Signal Dictionaries by Susan Bruce
  • ASHA Practitioner E-Conference on Collaborative Team Approaches to Improving Communication of Persons with Severe Disabilities: Starts June 11th by Susan Bruce
  • Touch Cues: An Important Receptive Experience by Susan Bruce
  • Communication Programming for Children with Multiple Disabilities by Susan Bruce
  • Children with Severe disabilities and Visual Impairment: Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) and Communication Programming by Susan Bruce
  • Children with Severe disabilities and Visual Impairment: A Few Guidelines for Communication Programming by Susan Bruce
  • Key Findings from Research on Cochlear Implants for Children who are Deafblind by Susan Bruce
  • Communication Aspects of the van Dijk Approach to Assessment by Susan Bruce
  • The Changing View of Literacy & Children with Severe Disabilities, Including Deafblindness by Susan Bruce
  • Resources from the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities by Susan Bruce
  • Functional Communication Training by Susan Bruce