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

[Disponible en español.]

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).

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

Diego Guerra, a Mexican-American wearing a white shirt stands between two Mexican-American women with a Christmas tree in the background.
Diego Guerra (center) said Tia Belinda and Tia Juanita work hard to ensure Diego is included in family gatherings.

As a child, National Deaf Center’s community engagement coordinator, Diego Guerra,

New Survey to Help Improve Deaf Student Success on Campus

How do U.S. universities rank with deaf students? According to a nationwide survey of deaf college students last spring:

As VR and RCD Training Requirements Expand, National Deaf Center Provides Support to States and Agencies

On October 15-16, the state of Illinois will gather its Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf (RCDs) together for the first time for statewide training that will include a session on what the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes can do to help their day-to-day efforts to serve deaf youth and adults in the state.

National Deaf Center Releases Online Course, Deaf 101, to Provide Tools to Communicate Effectively with Deaf Individuals

How much do you know about deaf people? Whether you’re an ASL student, a teacher or coworker of a deaf person, about to hire a deaf employee, or just plain curious, it’s worth taking some time to understand what it means to be deaf and how to interact with deaf people. If only there was an easy course online somewhere. Look no further!

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