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Communicating With a Face Mask: What Colleges Need to Know for Deaf Students (and Everyone)

July 30, 2020

Whether made of brightly-colored cotton or medical-grade materials, face masks are now a fact of life during the pandemic to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But face masks can make communication difficult, especially for deaf students, faculty, and staff at your college — and it’s an issue that transcends the classroom.

The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) has identified the key communications concerns on campus regarding face masks, as well as strategies to overcome those barriers and ensure effective communications for all.


New Resource for Disability Support Professionals: Making Online Learning Accessible for Deaf Students

July 21, 2020

Making Online Learning Accessible for Deaf Students: Tips for Disability Student Services provides a clear, easy-to-understand guide to the legal obligations, best practices, and resources available to ensure deaf students get the same education as their peers when classes are online.


Vocational Rehabilitation During COVID-19: A Live Online Discussion for Transition Professionals

July 7, 2020

Vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies nationwide have faced many challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as they strive to support deaf individuals’ access to Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), vocational training and employment.

Now, VR staff and community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) can gather in an online discussion to share challenges and success stories. NDC is offering two live panels on two different dates to choose from. The content will be the same for each date; we ask individuals to register for only one date.


Disability Services During COVID-19: Supporting Deaf Students and Preparing for an Uncertain Fall 2020

July 7, 2020

From finding face masks to facing unknown details for fall semester, disability services professionals at hundreds of U.S. colleges and universities are finding unique ways to serve deaf college students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Deaf at Work During the Pandemic: Making Gains with Flexibility, Optimism, and Resilience

July 2, 2020

Before the pandemic, deaf employees of all trades faced barriers and challenges, which have now become magnified by the major workplace and life changes imposed by the response to COVID-19.

Yet deaf people have seized the opportunity to be flexible, stay optimistic, and remain resilient. [Disponible en español]


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

June 23, 2020

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).


New Resource Offers Tips for Teaching Deaf Students Online

June 17, 2020

Tips for Instructors: Teaching Deaf Students Online, a new resource from NDC, helps teachers and professors ensure their course remains fully accessible and that deaf students are included in decisions about accommodations, access, and more.


Congratulations, Class of 2020: Celebrating Your #DeafSuccess!

June 9, 2020

Everyone at the National Deaf Center is thrilled to celebrate you, your hard work, and all the people who helped you get here.


Serving Deaf College Students: A Live Discussion on Navigating COVID-19 and Beyond

June 3, 2020

NDC is providing an opportunity for disability services professionals to attend TWO live online panels. In our efforts to meet scheduling options for as many participants as possible, we are offering two different opportunities to choose from. Since the content will be the same for each date, we ask individuals to register for one date. The live panels will be recorded for internal evaluation purposes only. Recordings will not be made available to the public.


Statement on Racism and Oppression

June 1, 2020

Racism is also a painful reality within the deaf community. Disparities in opportunity and outcomes for Black deaf Americans are high. Our report on Postsecondary Achievement of Black Deaf People in the United States lays bare the reality that high school, college, and technical training program completion rates for Black deaf people are lower than the national average.


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