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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Presenters


Lore Kinast

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Lore Kinast previously worked at public state universities and community colleges coordinating interpreting, captioning, and accommodations for deaf students to access their education.  Along with the 15+ years of experience coordinating services, she has served on several advisory committees or as a board member for various organizations supporting the provision of access and services for deaf individuals.  Prior to working in the postsecondary education sector, she worked as an employment development specialist for deaf individuals providing job coaching, employment skills training, and awareness and consultation to employers.  Lauren received her master’s degree from California State University, Northridge in Educational Administration and is currently pursuing her doctorate degree at Texas Tech University in Higher Education Leadership with an emphasis on serving deaf students.

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

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Tia is an educator who is passionate about creating equitable educational experiences for deaf people and increasing the professional capacity of the people who teach and support them.

As Associate Director and Co-Principal Investigator at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC), Tia works in close tandem with Director Carrie Lou Garberoglio, PhD, to manage the organization, in particular leading eLearning initiatives, the 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 was also recently certified as an ADA Coordinator (ADAC), demonstrating her mastery to oversee and coordinate compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provide professional support to others.

For seven years, Tia has worked under this federal funding line for technical assistance and dissemination, concentrating on accommodation and accessibility practices, resource development, and innovative professional development for practitioners in the field. Before joining the grant, she worked as a deaf services coordinator, 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 trying to convince her two children to play a board game, make a craft, or hike one of Austin’s many trails to savor life’s moments that fade all too fast.

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