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David Rose Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from CEC

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CAST Co-Founder David Rose today received the 2017 J.E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

The award—which recognizes “an individual who has made continued and sustained contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities”—was presented at CEC’s Annual Convention and Expo in Boston.

In nominating him for the award, Richard Jackson, Associate Professor of Special Education at Boston College and a CAST Research Scientist, wrote: “No single person has had a bigger impact on the special education field in the past quarter century than David Rose. He has literally changed the education conversation as the principal author of the Universal Design for Learning framework.”

Other voices supporting in the nomination:

When the history of special education is written from the 1970s to the present day, the name of David Rose will be listed among those having the greatest impact on the field.

Donald D. Deschler, Founder of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Special Education

David’s work in product development alone would warrant this award.  But David has done much more. He has expanded UDL to influence not just materials’ design but to support more inclusive teaching practices.  Countless educators from K-12 through higher education now create lessons, units, and syllabi using David’s UDL guidelines to include exceptional students to the greatest extent possible.

Ted S. Hasselbring, Research Professor in Special Education at Vanderbilt University and the lead author of Scholastic’s groundbreaking Read 180 program

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