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Therese R. Welch, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-6605

Office: (585) 276-4007

Fax: (585) 275-3366

Biography

Professional Background

Dr. Welch is an education specialist for the Community Consultation Program of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) and the Kirch Developmental Services Center. She is co-investigator of an NIH study of minimally verbal children with autism. She serves as the Education Discipline Coordinator for URMC's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program. Dr. Welch has particular expertise in educational program development for children and young adults with multiple disabilities that include sensory impairments.

Research

Dr. Welch serves as co-investigator for a National Institutes of Health funded, multi-site study of young children with autism, who are minimally verbal. She is also researching identification and service provision for children with developmental disabilities within refugee communities. Her interests include communication options for individuals at the presymbolic or early symbolic levels and the transition to adult services for youths with disabilities.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

1977
MEd | Boston College
Special Education

2004
PhD | University of Buffalo
Rehabilitation Science

1974
BA | LeMoyne College
Religion

Awards

2004
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

2002
Francis V. Hanavan Award
Sponsor: University of Buffalo School of Health Related Professions
Location: Buffalo, NY

2002
Keynote Lecturer
Sponsor: Renwick College
Location: Sydney, Australia

1996
Award for Best New Professional/Scholarly Publication in Nursing & Allied Health
Sponsor: Association of American Publishers, Professional and Scholarly P

1996
C. Warren Bledsoe Award
Sponsor: Assoc. for Ed. and Rehab. of the Blind and Visually Impaired

1991 - 1992
US Representative to Working Group on Multihandicapped Blind
Sponsor: International Council for the Education of the Visually Handicap

1980
Citizen Committee for Academic Excellence Commendation Award
Sponsor: Seattle Public Schools
Location: Seattle, WA

1974
Daniel E. Lawler Medal for Community Service
Sponsor: LeMoyne College
Location: Syracuse, NY

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Publications

Journal Articles

2001
Tomita, M., Mann, W.C., & Welch, T.R. "Use of assistive devices to address hearing impairment by older persons with disabilities." The International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. 2001; 24: 279-289.

1997
Welch, T.R., & Goetz, L. "Issues and concerns related to inclusive education for students who are deaf-blind." 1997; 43(3): 1-6.

Books & Chapters

2015
Chapter Title: Communication options and strategies
Book Title: Program essentials for students who have visual impairment and additional disabilities
Author List: Welch, TR
Edited By: SZ Sacks & M Zatta (Eds.)
Published By: AFB Press2015 in New York, NY

2013
Chapter Title: Blindness
Book Title: Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Author List: Welch, TR
Edited By: FR Volkmar (Ed.)
Published By: Springer2013 in New York, NY

1998
Chapter Title: Educating students who have visual impairments with other disabilities
Book Title: Educating students who are deafblind
Author List: Prickett, JG & Welch, TR
Edited By: SZ Sacks & RS Silberman (Eds.)
Published By: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company1998 in Baltimore, MD

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