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Auto Captions and Deaf Students: Why Automatic Speech Recognition Technology Is Not the Answer (Yet)

October 27, 2020

With the rapid shift to online learning due to the pandemic, many colleges and schools are relying upon automatic captions as a quick and cheap way to convert spoken words into text for deaf students in classrooms, events, and extracurricular activities. While this type of automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology may be effective for Alexa — to ask your home device to make a grocery list or set a reminder — it is a sub-standard option in educational settings and can have costly repercussions for institutions.


Nuevas Estrategias Para el Cambio del Sistema Dirigido por Personas Sordas con un Nuevo Recurso.

October 7, 2020

Liderando el Camino: Ocho Estrategias para que las Comunidades Sordas  Implementen Cambios en el Sistema, se basa en un nuevo artículo de investigación publicado en la revista American Annals of the Deaf escrito por Garberoglio, Diego Guerra, Genelle Sanders y Stephanie Cawthon, que resume lo que el NDC aprendió de las conversaciones comunitarias realizadas. a lo largo del país. 


Get Strategies for Deaf-Led System Change with New Resource

October 7, 2020

Decisions are made every day about deaf people’s lives without involving deaf people. This needs to change. The lived experience and knowledge of deaf community members must guide policy changes, strategic planning, and programs that are designed to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for deaf people in the United States. Listening to community members, and letting them lead the way, is important. This is a core value of the work we do at the National Deaf Center (NDC).


Get Answers About Online Accommodations with NDC Live on Sept. 15

September 2, 2020

Why can’t I use auto-captions? What does “effective communication” mean? How do I pin the interpreter?

Get answers to these frequently asked questions and more with NDC Live: Remote Services, a free, online event featuring members of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes’ (NDC) help team, Stephanie Zito, MS, NIC and Lore Kinast, MA. Their presentation, based off their presentation at the AHEAD 2020 Conference, will focus on remote service providers such as interpreters and speech-to-text professionals.


Vocational Rehabilitation During COVID-19: Shifting Online to Support Access for Deaf Students

August 25, 2020

More than 500 VR staff, community rehabilitation providers (CRPs), and educators registered for two online events. Vocational Rehabilitation During COVID-19: A Live Discussion for Transition Professionals, organized by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC), was held on July 28 and Aug. 6.


Zito and Kinast Present at AHEAD 2020 Conference: Online Accessibility and Deaf Students

July 14, 2020

Stephanie Zito and Lore Kinast, Technical Assistance Specialists at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC), will present at AHEAD 2020: Equity and Excellence, a national online conference featuring experts on access in higher education.


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.


Raising the Bar for Postsecondary Success: Cawthon Presents Keynote on Transition as Design for Life

May 18, 2020

In a keynote address to the Collaborative Experience Conference, director of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, Stephanie W. Cawthon, PhD, calls on parents and educators of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children to rethink the strategies they use to empower young adults who are making the difficult transition to life after high school — to go beyond a checklist that helps teens investigate a training program or apply to college, and instead provide a design for life that prepares them to evolve as people, seize opportunities, and respond to ever-changing environments. [Disponible en español]


Decide, Act, Believe: How to Assess and Empower Self-Determination in Deaf Youth

April 30, 2020

Deaf teenagers already have a lot on their minds, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. And like all teenagers, they are experiencing lots of feelings of uncertainty, anticipation, and insecurity as they navigate the transition from child to adult. That’s where self-determination can help — during the pandemic and beyond. [Disponible en español]


Seven Presentations at AERA 2020 Highlight NDC’s Innovative Research Findings

April 21, 2020

Researchers from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) were originally scheduled to make seven presentations—the most ever at a conference by NDC staff—at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2020 Annual Meeting on April 17-21, the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for innovative studies. Because the conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the papers and presentations will be uploaded to the AERA Online Repository to expand their impact, discoverability, and authentication.


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