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The Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders is part of the College of Education and Human Sciences. The department is housed in the Barkley Memorial Center, named in memory of William E and Edna M. Barkley, and is located on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The Barkleys established a trust to support making the University of Nebraska-Lincoln a center for the preparation of teachers and other professionals to educate children and adults with speech and hearing disabilities. Money from the trust funded construction of the original building in 1976 and the three additions in 1986, 2001, and 2009.