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Design to Learn


We are a small staff of researchers and special educators who work for the Oregon Institute on Disability and Development, a program of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon.

  • We specialize in developing effective assessment and teaching strategies for children and adults with low-incidence disabilities.
  • We have special expertise in addressing the educational needs of children who are deaf-blind and children with autism spectrum disorders.
  • Our approaches and materials are very practical in nature and are supported by 25 years of research in real life settings.
  • We have conducted extensive research and demonstration projects on the development of communication and cognitive skills in individuals with severe disabilities.
  • Our research results and teaching strategies are widely published and presented to national and international audiences.
  • Most of our work is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and is conducted in collaboration with public school programs.

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Tag(s): Autism Spectrum Disorder Communication/Language Curriculum/Instructional Methods Deaf-Blind Early Childhood Elementary High School Instructional Strategies Intellectual Disabilities Middle School Multiple Disabilities Parent/Family Preschool Professional Resources Traumatic Brain Injury