The College of Education and Rehabilitation at Salus University, Elkins Park, Pa, has been awarded a 5-year grant by the Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to fund the new National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD), according to a report from the university.

Associate Dean Kathleen M. Huebner, PhD, is project director, and Brooke Smith, PhD, is the project coordinator. Huebner says the NLCSD offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pursue individual doctoral studies and to be part of a larger collaborative community of learners.

The consortium consists of 24 universities with doctoral programs that have an emphasis in one or more of the three sensory impairment areas: deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, and deafblindness.

NLCSD will provide a unique doctoral study experience for up to 25 qualified individuals committed to the education of infants, toddlers, children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind.

Full tuition and a minimum $20,000 annual living stipend will be provided to NLCSD Fellows for up to 4 years of full-time, on-campus study while they earn their doctorates at consortium universities.

The first national cohort of students will be selected to begin studies in the fall of 2010.

[Source: Salus University]