Bringing States Together to Impact #DeafSuccess
This work is critical for systems change, and creates environments where people can thrive.
South Carolina Shows Deaf Students New Roads to #DeafSuccess
Deaf students across the country are constantly being underestimated, and working against stereotypes that lower their expectations. In fact, low expectations is one of the root causes for the achievement gap between deaf and hearing people.
In State Spotlight: South Carolina, learn more about how the state combats those expectations by connecting deaf students with positive role models.
Tailored Solutions for Each State
State initiatives are guided by engagement with stakeholders, research, best practices, and state data. Cross-state collaborative groups share insights and receive NDC support at an annual two-day convening and throughout the year — including encouragement to connect and collaborate with local deaf communities using strategies from Engage for Change | local. State activities for deaf youth include:
- summer camps focused on strengthening self-advocacy
- internship fairs to improve employment outcomes
- an online financial literacy course to develop independent living skills
2020 Convenings: Short-Term Pandemic Response and Long-Term Strategies for Improvement
- Forty-five state leaders gathered online in May 2020 to strategize pandemic planning and transition services for deaf youth.
- Regional meetings continued through summer and fall, showcasing the power of EFC partnerships to foster cross-state collaboration, share effective practices, and broaden their focus to consider making lasting changes and service improvements that can endure post-pandemic.
2019 Convening Stories
The third annual EFC state convening on June 17-19, 2019, brought together more than 80 leaders from 39 states to collaborate on improving deaf education and employment throughout the United States.
Resources for State Level Leaders
Leverage NDC Research and Analysis
State Reports: Postsecondary Achievement of Deaf People
New Data Analysis: Deaf People and Vocational Rehabilitation: Who Is Being Served?
ACCESS Is More Than Accommodations: 2018-2019 Deaf College Student National Accessibility Report
Redefining “Evidence-Based” for projects and resources for deaf people and marginalized communities
Take Free Online Learning Courses
Developing Accessible Work Based Learning Programs
Designing Summer Programs for Deaf Youth
Improving Campus Access
Start and Build a Mentoring Program for Deaf Youth
Use Vocational Rehabilitation Resources (including Pre-Employment Transition Services)
Vocational Rehabilitation Toolkit
Plan Your Future: A VR Guide for Deaf Youth, featuring videos from EFC state leaders Bedarius Bell and Elise Knopf
Share Transition Resources
Self-Advocacy: The Basics Infographic
Transition Planning Infographic
Family Support for Deaf Teens
College Readiness for Deaf Students
Vocational Rehabilitation: An Introduction
Vocational Rehabilitation: Understanding Service Options
Learn about Deafverse
Deafverse is a choose-your-own-adventure game created just for teenagers. In Duel of the Bots, players get to make their own choices, stand up for themselves, and build confidence and skills they can use in real life. It's free, and is offered in English and ASL. Learn more!
Use the Self-Determination Inventory
A valuable advantage in transition planning is self-determination — the way we decide, act, and believe to make decisions and reach goals in life. Now it can be measured with the Self-Determination Inventory, an online ASL-accessible assessment tool to help agencies, educators, and families strengthen self-determination and develop customized plans.