University of New Orleans doctoral student Michael Norman has been awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the Louisiana Department of Education to develop resources that will help educators better serve hearing impaired preschoolers as well as other students with disabilities who struggle to communicate.
Norman is on track to receive his Ph.D. in special education from UNO’s Department of Special Education and Habilitative Services within the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development this December.
As part of the grant, he will lead an interdisciplinary group of health and education professionals from across Louisiana as they develop a training curriculum designed to provide direct technical assistance to local school districts and support individual students across the state.
The work is designed to specifically target preschoolers with cochlear implants and other students with multiple disabilities, including students with autism spectrum disorders, who often lack a formal means of communicating in school.
A Louisiana native and long-time service provider in the greater New Orleans area, Norman currently coordinates the Louisiana Deafblind Project for Children and Youth. The organization is a federally funded technical assistance grant though the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs and it is housed within the LSU Health New Orleans, School of Allied Health Professions, Human Development Center.