College of Ed front viewThe Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education is engaged in collaborative activities with ISU Bayh College of Education faculty, students, and staff.  Such efforts focus on benefiting individuals with exceptionalities through research, program development, and outreach activities across the state.  

Various state and federal grants, as well as endowments from Benjamin and Fannie Blumberg, have supported our partnerships. Through these collaborative efforts, the Center provides service to families and educators who support individuals with special needs across Indiana.

Blumberg Center Topical Series

The Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Topical Series.  These educational opportunities are available, free of charge, to all students, faculty, educators, family and community members.  Professional development certificates for Indiana and Illinois are available.  Sessions are free of charge; however registration is required. All sessions will be held from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm in the Whitaker Conference Room 110G of the Bayh College of Education, University Hall, 401 N. 7th Street, Terre Haute IN 47809.


Moving Behavior in the Right Direction

September 15, 2016

Have you ever had a student whose behavior left you scratching your head?  You won’t want to miss this presentation addressing classroom management and effective ways to deal with challenging behaviors.  With 20 years of experience working in alternative settings at the high school and elementary school, Michele Loveall will share ideas on how to help those students whose behavior gets in the way of their learning.  You’re sure to walk away with ideas and resources to put into practice in your own classroom.

Question, Persuade, Refer and Save a Life

October 20, 2016

Statistics in the USA show there is 1 suicide every 12 minutes or 117 suicides each day. As of 2014, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the USA and the 3rd leading cause of death for youth. Teachers are often first to notice changes in student behavior. Join us in learning how to recognize warning signs of a suicide crisis and to respond by asking Questions, Persuading to stop, and Referring to someone or someplace for help. The mission of QPR is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. Hamilton Center Project Coordinator, Janet Rose will take us through the steps in becoming a certified QPR Gatekeeper in this 1.5 hour workshop.

Trauma in the Classroom

November 17, 2016

Trauma can have a significant impact on the brain. At times children who have been through trauma can be misdiagnosed with such mental health diagnoses as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or simply rude and out of control.

Missy Burton, Clinical Program Supervisor for Child and Adolescent Services with Hamilton Center, Inc., will address the impact of trauma on the developing brain and the outward impact it may have on students.  This information will be helpful for both general and special education teachers as well as paraprofessionals who seek to have a better understanding of why students act the way they do


 5 Things I Wish People Would Know About My Autism

March 2, 2017

According to the CDS, 1:68 individuals are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Statistically this means there are approximately 2,291 individuals in the Wabash Valley with autism.  Autism does not only affect these individuals and their families but also their classmates, teachers, and other individuals within our community.  Historically, education and treatment of individuals with autism has undergone extreme changes. Increased awareness and understanding of ASD is an initial step in helping these individuals feel a part our community.  April Newton, a local speech language pathologist with 30+ years of experience in schools, hospital, and private practice, will share information regarding a project to increase education and understanding of students with ASD.