Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Chair: Brittany Dorn

bdorn {at}

What is the Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and how does it relate to the overall Division?

young deaf boy with hearing aid

The primary purpose of DCD 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 on Deaf and Hard of Hearing recognizes that students with hearing losses are educated in a variety of environments and through a variety of approaches. The purpose of this committee is to act as a venue for teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, their families, and deaf or hard of hearing individuals themselves to gather and discuss the challenges that they encounter on a daily basis. This committee encourages a closer examination of such challenges as access to the general education curriculum, sensitivity to diversity within the population, and a careful understanding of medical and technological advances, among others. It also serves as a forum for proposed solutions. The committee seeks to connect teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing from across the country with one another so that their concerns may be heard by the broader education community.

How Can I Become Involved?

DCD constituents are invited to serve on this committee and participate in the committee’s activities. If you are interested in becoming an active member of the committee, please contact Brittany Dorn (bdorn{at}

While it would be GREAT to see you at the annual CEC National Convention, DCD presentations, and “Member Fest,” only a few individuals will be able to attend the Convention. An additional way to get involved is to help us establish an online “Community of Learners” by simply posting a message to the DCD LinkedIn and tell us:

  • Where you are working?
  • What are the “Frequently Encountered Problems” (FEPs) you face in your work with children who are d/hh?
  • What are the resources you use when you need information?
  • What are the topical areas (e.g., early intervention, literacy, RTI, multiply disabled students, etc.) on which you are most interested?

If YOU start with a statement to the DCD LinkedIn page, we can establish a supportive network that can reduce isolation, increase learning opportunities, and raise expectations not only for our students, but also for ourselves. Take a risk, post a statement, question, and/or response to the DCD LinkedIn page. Together we CAN make a difference.

Where Can I Get More Information?

Some Posted Message Titles:

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  • Supporting Pragmatics YouTube
  • Policy Guidance on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools by John Luckner
  • Expand Core Curriculum for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing  by John Luckner