The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, An Introduction, T. Ivanko, L. Guerra, & S. Zito; March 2, 2018
Presentation Summary: The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) is supported by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. NDC provides evidence-based strategies to deaf individuals, family members, and professionals at the local, state, and national levels with the goal of closing education and employment gaps for deaf individuals.This session will provide a brief overview of NDC’s work at national, state, and local levels to increase postsecondary attainment of deaf individuals. This segment will provide a overview of NDC ‘s mission & goals and how we provide technical assistance.
Recommended Resources: National Deaf Center Launch Video, National Deaf Center: Annual Report
Communication Access Technology for Deaf Individuals, T. Ivanko & S. Zito; March 2, 2018
Presentation Summary: Technology can be an essential tool to reduce barriers and increase communication access for deaf individuals in both education and employment settings. There are a myriad of options available. In this session the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes will introduce and exhibit available assistive and communication technology for education and training settings. Participants will obtain guidance, tools, and resources essential to employing effective services for deaf individuals.
Recommended Resources: Assistive Learning Systems: An Introduction, Telecommunications: Devices and Software
Tia is an educator passionate about equitable educational experiences, particularly for deaf individuals, and increasing professional capacity to aptly serve deaf individuals in postsecondary settings. She has been working under the technical assistance and dissemination center grant for seven years, focusing on accommodation and accessibility practices, resource development, and providing professional development for practioners in the field. At NDC, Tia oversees project workflow, technical assistance activities, staff development, and operations of the Central Office.
Tia is also a certified interpreter with an interest in interpreting practices in educational settings as well as experiences of individuals of color as consumers and professionals. She currently teaches courses to educational interpreters pursing EIPA credentials in New Jersey. She recently volunteered to serve as the Region 1 representative for the Interpreters and Transliterators of Color Member Section under the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Prior to working with the grant, Tia worked as an Interpreter, Deaf Services Coordinator, collegiate Program Director and a Teacher of the Deaf. She draws on her professional expertise, community experiences, and personal interest in diversity, inclusion, and equity to promote the mission of the Center. She holds a master’s degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College and a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.
Diego Guerra is passionate about community engagement. As the coordinator, Diego is responsible for Engage for Change | local, a community model that brings people together to promote stronger networks within local communities, which leads to quality access, services and resources for deaf individuals. Diego holds a bachelor’s degree in history from The University of Texas at Austin.
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).