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Inside Higher Ed Q&A with Director Stephanie Cawthon: Challenges Students Face During COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Inside Higher Ed, the online source for higher education news and thought leadership for 3.2 million monthly readers, interviewed National Deaf Center Director Stephanie W. Cawthon, PhD, for a special Q&A about the challenges facing students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and how colleges can respond to those challenges.


Media Advisory: New Resources Available for Deaf Students During COVID-19

April 7, 2020

Parents and educators can make online learning accessible for deaf and hard of hearing students during the COVID-19 pandemic with new online resources from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes at the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.


Checklist for Teaching Deaf Students Online

April 1, 2020

As schools across the country transition to online courses in response to COVID-19, educators are working to ensure students receive the same quality education they received in the classroom. For deaf students, this means all course content must be accessible and equitable.

This checklist for teaching deaf students online helps educators meet their needs and ensures compliance with the law. Stay tuned for a new National Deaf Center resource in the coming weeks, which will expand the checklist with more detailed tips and advice.


Take Control of Your Online Learning: Tips for Deaf College Students

March 27, 2020

COVID-19 has made colleges and universities around the United States switch to online learning for everyone — including deaf students like you.

Whether you have taken an online class before or are new to this, remember: accommodations don’t stop because you are now learning remotely. Here are some strategies for you to take control of your online learning and set yourself up for success. [Disponible en español]


Remember Accessibility in the Rush to Online Instruction: 10 Tips for Educators

March 12, 2020

As colleges and schools scramble to take their teaching online in response to the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), educators must not forget — and must know how to make their instruction accessible to — deaf and hard of hearing students and their peers. [Disponible en español]


A Spark to Ignite #DeafSuccess: 2019 Impact Report

February 27, 2020
A deaf student learned about a deaf adult living a dream they thought was impossible. A student organization founded at a college is connecting deaf students on campus. New summer programs are helping deaf youth connect with mentors, and thousands of deaf high schoolers across the country are learning how to advocate for themselves in a fun way.
These are just a few examples from the National Deaf Center’s 2019 Impact Report, “A Spark to Ignite #DeafSuccess.” It details the barriers NDC helped break down throughout the year, and provides a glimpse into the organization’s continued work in 2020.

‘Begrudging Tolerance’: New Report Reveals Deaf Students’ Experience On Campus

February 24, 2020

“There has been no institutional interest in learning how to become more deaf friendly. The attitude is one of begrudging tolerance at best.”

Deaf students across the country echoed this student’s story in the 2018-2019 Deaf College Student National Accessibility Report, “ACCESS Is More Than Accommodations,” released today by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes.


The Significance of Harvard’s Settlement on Video Accessibility

January 21, 2020

Recently, Harvard University settled a class action lawsuit filed in 2015 by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD). The case revolved around the lack of captioning for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). NAD also sued the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for similar reasons and that case is still being litigated.

The Department of Justice made statements that the universities were discriminating against deaf individuals by “failing to provide equal access in the form of captions.”
 


Catch Us if You Can!

November 19, 2019

NDC is on the road presenting at not one, but TWO different conferences this week. We are in Washington, D.C., Monday through Wednesday at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) conference, and starting Wednesday, we will be at the OCALICON conference in Columbus, Ohio.


Deaf Veterans Face Barriers to Success on U.S. College Campuses

November 8, 2019

Veteran’s Day reminds Americans to be grateful to every person who has worn a military uniform. It is also a reminder to create opportunity for the more than 37,000 deaf veterans enrolled as students in U.S. colleges and universities. A new report from the National Deaf Center finds deaf veterans are not succeeding in college at the same rate as hearing veterans and are in need of more accommodations and support.


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