Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education


Reframing Deaf Services to Ending Band-Aid Solutions, Savio Chan, Tia Ivanko, Lauren Kinast, David Litman, & Stephanie Zito; July 10, 2019

Pre-conference Summary: This pre-conference is an opportunity to make steps towards integrating accessibility for deaf students into the fabric of the institution. The NDC | nav team will guide participants through a self-assessment and planning session to improve access from a systems level. Participants will self-identify areas for improvement, followed by evidence-based recommendations, resources and suggested timelines for implementation.

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Back to the Basics: Assistive Listening Devices for Disability Service Providers, Tia Ivanko & David Litman; July 12, 2019

Presentation Summary: This session is an opportunity to go “back to the basics” to obtain information, tools, and resources to support the range of deaf students using ALDs. Participants will be provided with a overview of assistive listening technologies including a frame for differentiating between institutional responsibility and personal responsibility, standard practices for purchasing, and tips on maintaining systems.

Navigating Captions and YouTube Media, Lauren Kinast & Stephanie Zito; July 13, 2019

Presentation Summary: YouTube is a common instructional resource, but more often than not it is not accessible for deaf students. Institutions are experiencing similar challenges to ensure compliance with both accessibility and copyright laws. This session will address the complexities of captioning YouTube and offer viable solutions.

Disability Service Professionals Guide to Deaf Services: Tools for Implementation, Tia Ivanko & Lauren Kinast; July 13, 2019

Presentation Summary: The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes has developed a series of resources, “a toolkit”, for disability service providers to draw from as they navigate accommodations and auxiliary services for deaf students. This session will guide participants through accommodation practices, disseminate resources, and offer a framework for both, novice and experienced providers to add to professional repertoire.

Captioned Media: Responsibility, Policies, & Strategies, Dave Litman & Stephanie Zito; July 13, 2019

Presentation Summary: Captioned media has become a topic of focus for postsecondary institutions due to the increased technology demands including archived lecture videos, pre-recorded lectures for online courses, and online media content used in the classroom. With the expansive growth of online learning opportunities, it is essential to give global consideration to the accessibility needs of students with disabilities. For deaf individuals this means adding high quality captions to media such as streamed live content, taped videos, and other media. Recent litigation has also emphasized institutions have a responsibility to both the campus community and the general public in regards to online presence and accessibility. This poster is designed to support institutions to take a proactive approach to captioning media by offering considerations for policy and strategies for practical implementation of protocol. NDC staff and resources will be available to support general and specific inquiries.


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Lore Kinast, EdD

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Dr. Lore Kinast is a change agent working to address accessibility barriers that deaf students face in higher education settings. Her interest in education and employment access for deaf people initially began when she worked as an employment development specialist and experienced the struggles her deaf clients endured with finding a job. It was further propelled while managing programs and coordinating services including interpreting, captioning, and other accommodations for deaf students at several colleges. She has spent over 25 years collaborating with stakeholders on all levels, designing accessible opportunities using short and long term goals, implementing systemic benchmarks, and spearheading program development projects. Currently, Lore is the Co-Chair for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Knowledge and Practice Community with the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). She received her master’s degree from California State University, Northridge in Educational Administration, and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from Texas Tech University.

Stephanie Zito

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Stephanie Zito, NIC, is a professional sign language interpreter and trained C-Print captionist. After studying interpreting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she went on to earn her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. Prior to joining the NDC team, Stephanie primarily worked as an interpreter and captionist in postsecondary settings but also worked in community, VRS, and K-12 educational settings. Stephanie has also devoted her time to work with local, state, and national nonprofit organizations. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE) and volunteers on several committees for the Wisconsin Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WisRID).  

Tia Ivanko, MA, NIC, ADAC

Tia Ivanko


Tia is an educator who is passionate about addressing inequities in education for learners who are systematically oppressed and historically marginalized. She is committed to changing systems and increasing the professional capacity of people and entities who provide services for deaf communities.

As Co-Director and Co-Principal Investigator at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC), Tia works in close tandem with Co-Director Carrie Lou Garberoglio, PhD, to manage the organization, in particular leading professional development initiatives, NDC | help team and technical assistance services, staff development, and project workflows.

She draws upon her extensive professional expertise, community experiences, and personal interest in diversity, inclusion, and equity to promote NDC’s mission of #DeafSuccess.

A nationally certified interpreter (NIC), Tia brings a deep knowledge of accessibility and professional practices in the interpreting field to her work. In addition to teaching and mentoring interpreters working in education settings, she has a special interest in removing barriers and biases that people of color encounter as consumers of and professionals in the interpreting field.

Tia is certified as an ADA Coordinator (ADAC) and a nationally certified sign language interpreter (NIC); she leverages her knowledge of accessibility, professional practices in the interpreting field, and background in deaf education to her work at NDC. She draws upon her extensive professional expertise, community relationships, and personal interest in diversity, inclusion, and equity to promote NDC’s mission of #DeafSuccess.

Tia has now worked under this federal funding line for three cycles, concentrating on accommodation and accessibility practices, and innovative professional development for practitioners in the field. Before joining the grant, she worked as a deaf services coordinator at a community college, collegiate program director, and a teacher of the deaf.

Raised on the east coast and now living in Texas, Tia has been connected with deaf people since her childhood. She earned her master’s degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College and her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.

When she is not working, you will likely find Tia spending time with her family and friends to savor life’s moments that fade all too fast.