October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, NDEAM. This year’s NDEAM comes at a time of great uncertainty for many. Due to COVID-19, the past two years of work life have looked very different. In March 2020, the country went on lockdown. Some of us were fortunate enough to work remotely from home, others were laid off temporarily, and some are still looking for jobs.
Imagine dropping through a portal onto a mysterious island in search of your friend. That feeling of excitement and wonder is exactly what deaf students will feel when they jump into the exciting Deafverse expansion, World Two: Revenge of the Deep!
What student doesn’t want to be more independent, take a break from the classroom, and potentially earn their own money? With Work Based Learning (WBL) programs, students can do all three, while also learning valuable job, social, and life skills that they can use throughout their future.
At NDC, the experiences that deaf youth accumulate through school, work, and life are at the heart of the work we do. These experiences, some good and some bad, are one of the driving forces of how we think about ensuring #DeafSuccess while working to dismantle systemic barriers that have long existed for deaf youth.
This September, we want to spotlight learning and development. While some may think these important building blocks in the life of deaf youth are confined to the classroom setting, there are a number of factors throughout their life that help deaf youth excel.
Deaf role models offer support from a place of shared understanding and life experience. With deaf role models, deaf youth are more likely to strengthen socioemotional skills, self-determination, language skills, and explore more options after high school. They can also serve as aspirational goals for deaf youth, who often don’t see people like themselves in certain careers or portrayed in the media.
Work groups are intentional opportunities for professionals to work collaboratively to address issues across multiple levels of the system. NDC plans to continue bringing people together to identify solutions, share resources, and implement strategies in a variety of postsecondary settings. Going forward, this Disability Services Professionals group will meet quarterly online.
The next work group meeting will be held on Sept. 30, 12:45 ET/11:45 CT/9:45 PST. If you would like to participate in this work group, please contact Lore Kinast at firstname.lastname@example.org. NDC is also currently running a work group on summer programming opportunities for deaf youth. To join, email Jennifer Higgins, at Jennifer@nationadeafcenter.org.
Mentoring is a valuable opportunity for anyone — but it is particularly impactful for deaf youth. Mentoring opportunities offer valuable experiences that contribute to personal, academic, and career development for deaf youth.
We have exciting news to share! The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) has once again received funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This means we can continue our work for another five years, and hopefully beyond!
Dr. Carrie Lou Garberoglio gave a keynote address at the TDI 24th Biennial Conference on July 27. The conference, with the theme “Reset and Reconnect,” reflects the seismic change many had to make by embracing new ways of participating in educational, medical, or employment activities in a virtual space. This change has created a wake-up call to ensure full virtual access for deaf students, families, and workers.
NDC continues to receive inquiries, concerns, and reports of unique challenges from DSS offices around the country that are navigating access and accommodations as they create equitable learning environments for deaf students. NDC is here to help you navigate this uncharted territory.
Lore Kinast, a technical assistance specialist from NDC has been providing support for stakeholders all over the country throughout the pandemic. She is a recent graduate, giving her first-hand experience navigating education during the pandemic, and has some insights, information, and resources to help you prepare for this fall!