Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (formerly known as DCDD)


A place where the field can unite and work toward common goals

For information on joining the Council for Exceptional Children please see the Online Membership Application.

The Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD) is concerned with the well- being, development, and education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with communication and learning disorders, ranging from mild to profound, and/or who are deaf or hard of hearing. DCDD aims to provide information to professionals and families regarding (a) the development of communication and learning abilities, (b) the prevention of communication and learning disorders, and (c) evidence-based assessment and intervention practices for individuals with speech, language, learning, and/or hearing difficulties.

Features: What you Get By Joining DCD (formerly known as DCDD)

  1. Access to specialized Professional Development Activities in communication disabilities and deafness
  2. DCD Facebook Site Access (coming soon)
  3. Website Access
  4. Journal: Communication Disorders Quarterly a quarterly research and practice publication (see below)
  5. Invitation to Memberfest (annual meeting of DCD members at the CEC Convention)

Benefits of Joining DCD and CEC

  1. All the Features and Benefits of CEC Membership
    • Exceptional Children research journal
    • Teaching Exceptional Children practice journal
    • CEC Today newsletter
    • CEC online Job Board
    • CEC website access
    • Collaboration from multiple perspectives within special education

  2. A Supportive Professional Development Community
    • Opportunities for annual convention and online professional development resources
    • Participation in discussions with colleagues in Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing
    • DCD website and Facebook access to specialized presentations, convention programs and joint committee papers
    • Collaboration from multiple perspectives in communication, language, literacy, and DHH 

  3. Opportunity for Professional Advancement
    • Easy access to participation at the national level in DCD committees
    • Routine contact with DCD leadership (phone, email, website, facebook)
    • DCD Board members sit on several national committees such as the National Joint Committee (NJCLD) on Learning Disabilities and the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC)

  4. Opportunity for Creativity
    • Opportunity to submit presentations and poster to the national CEC convention including the DCD program
    • Postings on the DCD Facebook page (coming soon)
    • Theory to Practice section of journal invites members to submit articles describing application of research

  5. A Larger Voice for Advocacy
    • Strength in numbers. Tired of feeling isolated? Join your voice with others and be heard.
    • Political action. Join forces with CEC as THE voice for special education on Capitol Hill.
    • The Common Ground of Deaf Education. A place where the field can unite and work toward common goals.

    Communication Disorders Quarterly is a journal of research, intervention and practices in speech, language and hearing. It is the official journal of the Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness in CEC. Each issue has the following features: quantitative and qualitative research articles, Clinical Forums, short tutorials, From the Field Interviews, and a comprehensive conference calendar.

    Special Series are created by Associate Editors and/or interested professionals from the field. These are composed of 3-6 related articles that are invited and edited by the Special Series editor. Please contact the Editor in Chief if you are interested in hosting a series.

    CDQ has an international Board of Reviewers, and publishes several articles each year from authors outside the United States. The largest percentage of subscriptions of CDQ are held in Europe.
    Online access is available to subscribers by visiting

    Manuscripts may be submitted at any time, using the Manuscript Central URL
    Information for authors is available at the same site.