Media Advisory: New Resources Available for Deaf Students During COVID-19

AUSTIN, Texas — Parents and educators can make online learning accessible for deaf and hard of hearing students during the COVID-19 pandemic with new online resources from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes at the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

WHERE: Online: nationaldeafcenter.org/covid19

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.

Transition/Life Skills Checklists and Resources

Recently, Casey Brown, Director of the Arkansas Career Center at the Arkansas School for the Deaf, posted a question to the NDC listserv community asking for resources, checklists and assessments for transition and career exploration.

This is what our listserv was intended for — to share useful tools and resources with one another. The community answered with great resources, and many people asked for a copy of Casey’s collection of transition checklists and assessments.

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.  

Mental Health for Deaf People

“when the world comes crashing at
your feet
it’s okay to let others
help pick up the pieces
if we’re present to take part in your
happiness
when your circumstances are great
we are more than capable
of sharing your pain”

― Rupi Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers


As we emerge from the winter season, our exposure to limited sunlight and longer periods of darkness may affect our mental and emotional well-being.

5 Tools for Disability Service Providers at Colleges and Universities Serving Deaf Students

A new semester can be overwhelming, but NDC is here with you. NDC can help streamline procedures to enhance disability services offices working with deaf students, with guides to help you build request forms, create a student absence policy and more.

Here are five commonly requested resources for disability services professionals. Visit nationaldeafcenter.org/dsptoolkit for a complete list of related resources, or reach out to help@nationaldeafcenter.org for personalized assistance.

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.

Planning Ahead: Internships, Practicums, and Other Field Experiences

As the new semester begins, so does a whirlwind of preparation. Students, faculty and staff are all working together to ensure every student has the accommodations they need to thrive in the classroom.

In addition to opportunities to participate in various activities on campus for deaf students, don't forget to include off-campus learning experiences as part of your planning. We're here to help!

Deafverse is Getting Noticed

Deafverse is making an impact and people are starting to notice. Currently, more than 2,500 players are learning how to navigate challenging situations, advocate for themselves, and know their rights. When beta players are included, that number jumps to over 5,000.

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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