Annual Assistive Technology Conference

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 Ivanko

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Tia Ivanko works to promote conditions for optimal success for deaf students by providing information, gathering evidence based resources, and developing training, and providing consultation and support to inquiring stakeholders.  Tia brings over 15 years of professional experience and a comprehensive range of expertise related to education and communication access for deaf individuals; She also has experience evaluating, implementing, and overseeing accommodations and access services. Tia is also a nationally certified interpreter, knowledgeable of technical, ethical, and professional practices within the interpreting field. She holds a master’s degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College and a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College.

Diego Guerra

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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

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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).