Mission/Strategic Plan


The Division for Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD formerly known as DCDD) is concerned with the well-being, development, and education of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with communication, language, and learning differences, ranging from mild to profound, and/or who are deaf or hard of hearing.

DCD aims to provide information to professionals and families regarding:
(a) the development of communication, language, and learning abilities,
(b) the prevention of communication, language, and learning challenges, and
(c) evidence-based assessment and intervention practices for individuals with diverse speech, language, learning, and/or hearing levels.

Strategic Plan 2019

  1. Analyze membership trends.
  2. Establish strategies to engage current, new, and potential members.
  3. Support the CEC policy on the prevention of and response to the maltreatment of children with exceptionalities and advocate for the inclusion of competencies within the standards.
  4. Expand professional learning opportunities.
  5. Continue as the comprehensive community hub for communication, language, learning, and deaf/hard of hearing resources.
  6. Undertake special projects in response to feedback from members, professionals, and other stakeholders in the field.