Welcome! to the University of Alberta J. P. Das Centre on Developmental and Learning Disabilities. Das Centre is a research and training centre located within the Department of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Das Centre began operation in 1967.
The mission of Das Centre is to provide research, training, and some clinical services to children and adults with developmental, perceptual and learning disabilities. Global developmental disabilities affect all areas of learning while specific developmental, learning, and perceptual disabilities may affect only one or a few areas of learning (e.g., reading or attention disorders).
Das Center is a collective of researchers and encompasses the Minerva Deaf Research Lab (MDRL) and the Reading Research Lab (RRL). The MDRL focuses on research relevant to deaf and hard of hearing populations, while the RRL focuses on literacy acquisition and acquisition problems across languages. Das Centre researchers and the two research labs provide both deaf and hearing students (graduate and undergraduate) with opportunities to grow as researchers and participate in various research projects relevant to the field. To disseminate research findings, Das Centre publishes an academic journal, the Developmental Disabilities Bulletin.
The Das Centre is under the direction of Dr. Rauno Parrila. You can read about our research team by visiting the People link at the bottom of the page. Please follow the links at the top and to the left to learn more about our research labs, publications, resources, and how to become involved with our research teams.