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Keynote Speaker

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.