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Calling all deaf students!

With the recent nationwide switch to online learning, college students are faced with sudden changes and new situations impacting the quality of access to their education. These situations can be frustrating and overwhelming. 

New NDC COVID-19 Information Page

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The last few days have been full of disruption, uncertainty, and preparations for disruption in school, work, and daily life under a global pandemic. No one goes untouched by the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We here at the National Deaf Center extend our sympathies to you, your family members, and colleagues, especially those who have experienced hardship in recent weeks.

Family Support for Deaf Teens: A Roadmap to Success

As deaf children grow into teenagers, they begin to take a more active role in decision-making and responsibilities. Families are often unaware of strategies to support their deaf teen on becoming more independent. The role of family members is vital in ensuring deaf youth are prepared for life after high school. It’s an overwhelming but exciting time for both families and deaf teens.  

‘Begrudging Tolerance’: New Report Reveals Deaf Students’ Experience On Campus

Autumn’s story highlights a frustration repeated by many deaf students -- 36% reported that videos on campus did not have captioning turned on.
 

Featuring the Field: At Rocky Mountain Deaf School, Making Coffee Leads to Employment Opportunities

Editor’s note: Heather Hapke from Rocky Mountain Deaf School agreed to share details about the school’s job training program, which includes an on-campus coffee shop, job shadowing and internships, a summer program, and more.

We at Rocky Mountain Deaf School are honored to be a part of the Trending Topic Tuesday Spotlight as we discuss our history and the successes of our program.

Reflections on Black History Month By Dr. Joseph Hill

Editor’s note: This article was first written and featured on NDC's listserv for Black History Month in 2019. It has been edited and adapted, with Dr. Hill’s permission, to share again in 2020.

More Than Accommodations: Interpreting Task Force Explores Equitable Access

While deaf students are often granted accommodations at colleges, universities, and trade schools, the students themselves carry the burden of requesting those accommodations and following up if they are not provided or do not meet their needs.

However, at many institutions, decisions about when, where, and which accommodations to provide are made with minimal input from the student. Administrators may feel like they have done their work by providing a certain accommodation, but accomodations do not equal access.

Task Force Looks for Ways to Better Foster Self-Determination

NDC’s Self-Determination Task Force brings together experts and professionals from diverse communities and fields annually to discuss how to instill and increase self-determination for deaf students.

This year marked the third annual meeting where members offered additional insights on new practices while building on strategies discussed in previous years; ultimately leading to the planning and development of new resources and actions to take for the following year.

A Holiday for the Whole Family: Tips to Include Deaf Guests

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As a child, National Deaf Center’s community engagement coordinator, Diego Guerra, was the only deaf person in a large, Mexican-American family, which spoke both English and Spanish. Though some extended family members used a few signs, most did not know American Sign Language (ASL).

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