blumberg Center for
Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education

ABOUT the Center

ISU campusSince the fall of 1985, the Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education has 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.

Our Mission

The Blumberg Center will continue its tradition to benefit persons with exceptionalities, persons with potential exceptionalities whose performance is adversely affecting educational outcomes, and those who work with them; through service, education, and research; and, through facilitating and supporting the intertwined missions of the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology, and the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education, the College of Education, and Indiana State University.

Steering Council

Steering CouncilThe Blumberg Center Steering Council membership is composed of individuals from the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education, the Department of Communication Disorders and Counseling, School and Education Psychology and the Dean’s Office.

 

 

 



JaDora Sailes, Ed.D.
Blumberg Council Steering Committee Chairperson
Assistant Professor of Educational and School Psychology

Linda Sperry, Ph.D.
Department Chair of Communication Disorders & Conseling
Professor of Educational and School Psychology

Mark Stimley, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Disorders

Devadrita (Tanya) Talapatra, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor of Educational and School Psychology

Diana Quatroche, Ph.D.
Department Chair of Elementary, Early and Special Education
Professor of Elementary Education

James Jacobs, Ph.D.
Professor of Special Education

Denise Collins, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Our History

The Blumberg Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Special Education at Indiana State University was established in the fall of 1985 using the Fannie Blumberg Memorial Fund in Special Education and the Benjamin Blumberg Memorial Fund for Gifted and Emotionally Disturbed Children donated to the University by Fannie and Benjamin Blumberg.

In 1964, Fannie Blumberg willed a major portion of her estate to the Department of Special Education to support the work of the department. In 1975, ISU received a bequest from Benjamin Blumberg's estate for the benefit of gifted children and children who are emotionally disturbed. These funds, managed by the ISU Foundation, form the basis for the Blumberg Center and its activities.

Many Blumberg Center activities are supported by funding secured from federal and state grants. These activities encourage cooperation among University, government, and community agency personnel by bringing together qualified academicians, students, and community resource people with the goal of examining and improving current professional practices through research and the development of model programs.

Over the years, the center has facilitated and supported the efforts of the ISU Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education and the Department of Educational and School Psychology in research and program development for the benefit of exceptional children and adults in a true collaborative spirit. The departments have many noteworthy achievements toward that end. Whether providing seed money for projects, financial assistance for travel, or other support, the Center is committed to working with both departments to continue the Blumberg legacy.