State Spotlight: Idaho Wins $55K Impact Grant to Establish a Food Truck Operated by Deaf Youth

The Engage for Change | state (EFC) team from Idaho is known for being a model for others.

Now, thanks to a partnership that includes funding from one of the nation’s biggest food companies, they are taking that to the next level as they prepare deaf youth for success after high school.

State Leaders Gather to Strategize Transition Planning and Services for Deaf Youth During COVID-19

Determined to provide vital transition services for deaf youth despite a global pandemic, 45 leaders in education and vocational rehabilitation (VR) from 25 states gathered online on May 28 for a special event, “Transition Planning in the Time of COVID-19,” organized by the Engage for Change | state team at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC).

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.

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.

Transition and State Collaboration are Focus at SERID 2019

Experts from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes will make two presentations and participate in the poster session at the Southeastern Regional Institute on Deafness (SERID) 2019 Annual Conference in Huntsville, Alabama, on October 10-13. Founded in 1971, SERID 2019 has expanded from a small regional conference to a national event known for its training expertise, innovative leadership, and professional development.

39 States to Convene at NDC on June 17-19; García-Fernández Presents Keynote

The third annual Engage for Change | state convening at the National Deaf Center on June 17-19, 2019, will gather more than 80 leaders from 39 states to collaborate on improving deaf education and employment throughout the United States.