William C. Healey, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Healey earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in 1963. He began his career in 1958 as a television director and
producer, taught in and administered a University Lab School, and held rank as an Instructor of Communicative Disorders at the
University of Missouri. In 1962, he was appointed as the State Director of Special Education for the Missouri State Department
of Education, where he formulated state policies for education and health care of children and youth with special needs stemming
from disabilities and/or giftedness. In 1965, he became Director of Research and Assistant Superintendent of the unique,
experimental program for children with disabilities in the St. Louis County Special School District. Among programs he created
were the district s first summer school for 133 children who were deaf or hard of hearing. He also worked with a
transdisciplinary staff to operate an inclusion program in 1965 for deaf/hh pupils. In 1970, he assumed the position of School
Services Program Director for the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association in Washington, DC. His duties included
establishing national programs of research, continuing education, and service expansion for persons with special needs, including
participation in such major policy documents as the Marland Report of 1972 on the education of the gifted and talented as well
as the conceptualization and drafting of segments of Public Law 94-142 (now IDEA). He is responsible for ASHA s recognition
of CED standards. From 1980-1993, he served the University of Arizona as a professor, department chair, and assistant dean.
He has published numerous articles, books, and technical reports; chaired many national task forces; and served as co-creator and
editor of the journal, Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools (1970-1973). He has been an associate editor of
Exceptional Children and Editorial Board Member for Topics in Language Disorders and Topics in Gifted Education. Dr. Healey
served two terms as Chairperson of the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (1977-1979); was appointed by
Commissioner Ernest Boyer to serve on the U.S. Department of Education s Task Force on Basic Skills (1978, 1979); and
selected by President Carter as a member of the President s Commission on Mental Health (1978). He is a Fellow of the
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has received citations for outstanding accomplishments from United
Cerebral Palsy, Missouri ARC, Gallaudet University, Kansas University, Council for Exceptional Children, Asian/Pacific
Conference on Mental Retardation, and many others.