This department prepares professionals to provide services to individuals with special needs across the lifespan. It maintains a high level of distinction with continuous involvement in critical special education issues and an integrated academic and clinical orientation in communication sciences. The Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education faculty rank among the nation’s most productive researchers in their fields. Faculty members are leaders in research and practice. They have been awarded millions of dollars in external funding from agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health. Research topics have included autism spectrum disorders; and standards of measurement, treatment and recovery of stuttering in preschool-age children.