|The rationale for the DCDD name change:
||The rationale for such a change is grounded in DCDD's mission and for its potential for growth as a division.
Within the field of education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH), as well as in the Deaf Community, terms such as ‘disability’ and ‘impairment’ are being used less frequently. Increasingly, stakeholders in the field are choosing to avoid this type of terminology in favor of language that focuses on communication or culture.
Like all CEC divisions, DCDD faces challenges in maintaining and growing its membership base. Though the reasons for this are complex, involving both economic and demographic shifts, DCDD is challenged to make its services and connections relevant to the professional community that it serves.
Concurrently, many professionals who serve students who are DHH and/or those with unique communication needs are looking for a professional “home” and a place where they may both contribute and grow as professionals.
By amending the division name, to be responsive to currently acceptable language, DCDD stands to increase its relevance, credibility, and outreach.