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Led by Samuel Kirk, Illinois shaped field of special education

Nov. 24, 2014

The late Dr. Samuel Kirk was a determined individual when it came to addressing the needs of students with learning disabilities. His research at Illinois was the first of its kind to study exceptional or special-needs learners, and it pinpointed gaping holes in curriculum for students with learning disabilities. Read more...

10th anniversary of Goldstick Family Lecture highlights progress in combating communication disorders

Nov. 19, 2014

This year’s Goldstick Family Lecture in the Study of Communication Disorders marked the 10th anniversary of the event, which took place Oct. 30 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Read more...

Faculty-alumnus partnership fosters child development by transforming project into not-for-profit service

Jul. 17, 2014

Educators and researchers in the field understand that federal funding for projects doesn’t last forever. Read more...

Study by alumna: Mothers raising autistic children prone to depression, stress

May 6, 2014

A new study by Laurie M. Jeans, Ed.M ’08 Spec.Ed., Ph.D. ’13 Spec.Ed., indicates that mothers of children with autism experience higher rates of depression and stress than mothers of typically developing children. Read more...

Doctoral student's groundbreaking research topic leads to prestigious Doris Duke Fellowship

Mar. 19, 2014

Catherine Corr’s designation a first for College, Urbana-Champaign campus Read more...

UI study suggests autism can be discovered at earlier age

Mar. 17, 2014

A new study conducted by Dr. Laurie M. Jeans, Professor Rosa Milagros Santos Gilbertz, Daniel Laxman, Professor Brent McBride, and Dr. Justin Dyer suggests that many of the behavioral and cognitive characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) can be identified when children are as young as age 2—earlier than was previously thought. Read more...

Program for children with disabilities finds new home in Special Education

Jan. 22, 2014

In dreaming of their future children, most expecting parents imagine red hair or blonde, blue eyes or brown, left-handed or right. For parents of children with disabilities, though, their time is often spent imagining a better world for their child. Read more...

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Special Education professor offers ways to head off challenging behaviors in young children

Jan. 16, 2014

Preschoolers who engage in challenging behaviors – patterns of behavior that interfere with learning and social interaction – are at increased risk of academic failure and peer rejection, among other poor outcomes. Read more...

College of Education student receives prestigious Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award

Dec. 2, 2013

Amanda Rowland, a senior in Special Education from Burr Ridge, Illinois, received the 2013 Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award as the sole recipient from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This award seeks to recognize senior students from four-year, degree-granting institutions in Illinois for their excellence in curricular and extra-curricular programs, while honoring their contributions to the benefit of humanity in or on behalf of the state of Illinois. Read more...

Accomplished graduate drawn to special education from high school onward

Oct. 23, 2013

During Abbey Storey’s senior year of high school, she was selected to be a peer leader for an adapted physical education class for individuals with disabilities. Upon nervously entering the gymnasium, a girl with a severe form of autism grabbed Storey’s hand with a welcoming smile and led her through the gym. From that moment, Storey knew she wanted to pursue a career in special education. Read more...

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