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

 


Presenters


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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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).