Since 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.
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.
The Blumberg Center Steering Council is comprised of members from
Elementary, Early and Special Education and Communication Disorders,
Counseling, School and Education Psychology Departments along with the
Dean and Associate Dean of the Bayh College of Education. The Blumberg
Center Steering Council’s primary responsibility is to ensure the
fulfillment of the mission statement of the Blumberg Center through the
efficient and professional delivery of those services and activities
provided by the Center.
2013-2014 Council Members
Dr. Jadora Sailes, Council Chairperson
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.