NLCSD Fellows


Arlene Stredler Brown, CCC-SLP, CED

August 2, 2011

Teaching Responsibility: Each summer, I join the faculty in the Department of Education and Counselling Psychology and Special Education (ECPS) at the University of British Columbia.  A group of 11 graduate students are in this year’s cohort.  All of the students have teaching credentials as general education teachers; they have returned to university to complete a master’s degree as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing. The program at UBC prepares teachers to use all communication approaches.  The course I teach focuses on the listening and spoken language development of students with hearing loss, birth – 21 years of age.

Presentation: Several colleagues and I presented the most recent outcomes from our four-year project at the National Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Conference that was held in Atlanta, GA in February, 2011. This project focuses on the core competencies needed by professionals who are working with infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing.  At the EHDI conference, we presented, for the first time, the core competencies which have been carefully validated for accuracy.  In addition, we discussed potential applications for professional development in pre-service and in-service training programs.

Conference Planning: The 1st International Congress on Family-Centered Early Intervention for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing will be held in Bad Ischl, Austria in May, 2012.  This Congress aims to bring together interventionists, researchers, and parents who deliver, study, and receive family-centered intervention.  Presentations will focus on evidence-based approaches to early intervention. Immediately following the Congress, a consensus conference will be held.  The consensus conference will involve 20 to 30 invited “experts,” who will come together to discuss quality standards and strategies for widespread implementation of family-centered practice principles.  It is my pleasure to be an active member of the planning committee for this Congress.  More information about the Congress is available at: 

Externship Opportunity:  The doctoral program at the University of Northern Colorado requires students to participate in a 3-credit externship.  I have elected to focus on policy development and have a special opportunity to explore this by working with staff at the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell).  AG Bell provides advocacy, education, and financial aid to ensure children with hearing loss have the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in our mainstream society.  AG Bell advocates for its constituency - professionals, parents of children with hearing loss and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing - with Congress and federal agencies.  Their efforts at the federal level have an impact on issues and programs in individual states.  I have spent several weeks in Washington, DC during the summer of 2011.  During this time, the AG Bell’s Listening & Spoken Language Symposium was held.  By attending this symposium, I was able to gain knowledge about research that is currently being conducted by leading experts.  Two sessions were of particular interest.  One is a panel of professionals who had current OSEP-funded personnel preparation grants.  The second is an NIH-funded grant studying the outcomes for children with mild – severe degrees of hearing loss.

Minnie Flaura Turner Memorial Fund Awards Program

Herman A. Trutner, Trustee
One Kaiser Plaza, Suite  750
Oakland, CA 94612
RE:  Nomination of Ellen Bowman, MA, COMS

March 30, 2011

Dear Mr. Trutner;

I am pleased to nominate, Ms. Ellen Bowman for The Minnie Flaura Turner Memorial Fund for Impaired Vision Research.  Ellen is a dedicated graduate student in the Vision Science Department of the UAB School of Optometry.  She goes far beyond her call of duty.  Ellen Bowman’s doctoral studies concentrate on the area of deaf-blind studies.  Her interest in deaf-blindness and visual impairments was sparked by her own children.  Her oldest son has Leber's Congenital Amaurosis and her younger son has dual sensory impairments due to the progression of Mucopolysaccharidosis disorder III-A.   She is an interpreter for the deaf, a cued speech transliterator, teacher for students with visual impairments and a certified orientation and mobility specialist.  In addition, she is a Fellow with the National Leadership Consortium for Sensory Disabilities as a recipient of a scholar grant through Salus University. Ms. Bowman’s over-riding goal is to generate new knowledge that will enhance the way we care for people, especially children with visual impairments and dual sensory impairments.

Bowman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in August of 2006 and was awarded the University of Alabama College of Arts and Sciences External Degree Program Outstanding Senior Project award in 2007.  She received a Master in Arts in Special Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in August 2009, and was awarded the Alabama AER Scholarship in 2008. In 2010, she received the UAB School of Education Outstanding Alumni Award.  She has a currently pursuing a Braille Certification from the US Library of Congress American Federation of the Blind.

Bowman’s research interests are children with progressive neurological disorders who have dual sensory impairments and the educational effects on children with low vision.  Professionally, she is currently researching and coordinating focus groups on the future of Alabama Industries for the Blind, under the supervision of Mary Jean Sanspree, PhD.  In addition, Bowman is working on two National Eye Institute funded research projects.  The first is with Dawn DeCarlo, OD, MS, researching the Prevalence of Attention Deficit Disorder among Children with Vision Impairments.  Pilot data on this topic is being presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting on May 4th.  The second is a two year National Eye Institute research project studying the Efficacy of Enhancing Low Vision Mobility through Visual Training in the Virtual World under the direction of Lei Liu, PhD.  

Arlene Stredler Brown

Title: TeleCITE (Telehealth for Cochlear Implant Therapy Exchange

Abstract: This pilot project is studying the delivery of high-quality therapy services using telehealth technology to deaf children with cochlear implants. In order for a deaf child to maximize the benefit of a cochlear implant, the child must be taught, through a specific hierarchy of skills, to listen and speak. While there is an abundance of evidence documenting the benefit of this therapeutic approach, the therapy remains unavailable to children living in remote and rural areas. There is strong evidence that telehealth can be used effectively by speech/language pathologists to provide access to therapy. To date, however, few telehealth services have been delivered specifically to deaf children.


  • Principal Investigator: John Bennett, Director of the Alliance for Technology, Learning, & Society (ATLAS) on the CU-Boulder campus
  • Project Director: Arlene Stredler Brown, CCC-SLP, CED
  • Grant amount: $10,000
  • Grant cycle: March 1, 2010 – February 28, 2011
  • Funding Source: Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI)
  • Grant Number & Reference:  This project was supported by NIH/NCRR Colorado CTSI Grant Number UL1 RR025780. Its contents are the authors’ sole responsibility and do not necessarily represent official NIH views.

TeleCITE - Telehealth for Cochlear Implant Therapy Exchange - February 2010

NLCSD Fellow, Arlene Stredler Brown authors a chapter in newly published book. See

  • Stredler-Brown, A. (2011). Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder: Creating a treatment program (pp. 19-25). In J. R. Madell & C. Flexer
    (Eds.), Pediatric Audiology Casebook. New York: Thieme.