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Center for Disability Studies in Literacy Language and LearningImages of children in the classrooms at the Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language, and Learning


The Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language & Learning (The Center) at UNI directly responds to a history of exclusion, segregation and limited participation in literacy and language for young children, students and individuals with disabilities.  The Center’s research demonstrates and documents that all people, including those considered to have the most severe developmental disabilities, can be full participants in their families, schools, and communities.

Our Vision

Literacy, Communication and Full Participation for All.

Our Mission

The Center accomplishes its vision through Professional Development, Advocacy, Research, and Systems Change.

  • Professional Development: Develop and support highly qualified and committed educators.
  • Advocacy: Support knowledge and action for individuals, families and professionals.
  • Research: Advance practices and knowledge based on scholarship.
  • Systems Change: Collaborate at the local, state and national level to effect policy and practice.

Our Values

  • Equity
  • Education
  • Empowerment

Contact Us

Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language & Learning
University of Northern Iowa 
Baker Hall 170
Cedar Falls, IA  50614-0514

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