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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]


Transition/Life Skills Checklists and Resources

March 3, 2020

Recently, Casey Brown, Director of the Arkansas Career Center at the Arkansas School for the Deaf, posted a question to the NDC listserv community asking for resources, checklists and assessments for transition and career exploration. We have combined the resources shared on this thread, resources from past listserv discussions on life skills, and information from our Self-Determination Task Force.


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.

New Summer Program in Virginia to Show #DeafSuccess in Action

February 27, 2020

The Virginia Engage for Change | state team leaders Mary Nunnally, Wanda Council, and Traci Branch plan a fun and engaging summer program, Map Your Future 2020, targeted toward deaf high school students.


Reflections on Black History Month By Dr. Joseph Hill

February 4, 2020

Black History Month is an annual observance of contributions, achievements, and culture of black Americans. In K-12 education, black American contributions and events may not be acknowledged or taught, so Black History Month is a way to make sure that children from all walks of life know that black history, as well as all cultural histories, are also part of American history.


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.”
 


National Deaf Center Releases Online Course, Deaf 101, to Provide Tools to Communicate Effectively with Deaf Individuals

September 26, 2019

How much do you know about deaf people? Whether you’re an ASL student, a teacher or coworker of a deaf person, about to hire a deaf employee, or just plain curious, it’s worth taking some time to understand what it means to be deaf and how to interact with deaf people. If only there was an easy course online somewhere. Look no further! The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) launched Deaf 101 today.


New Resource for Families Debuts at 2019 Hands & Voices Conference

September 20, 2019

The National Deaf Center is presenting, exhibiting, and debuting a new resource for families at the 2019 Hands & Voices Leadership Conference on September 20-22, the only conference of its kind devoted exclusively to training family members with children who are deaf to be agents of change. 


Emergency Preparedness and Deaf Students: Is Your College Ready?

September 16, 2019

September is National Preparedness Month. The 2019 theme, “Prepared, Not Scared”, is a good reminder that this is an ideal time to think about emergency planning and your school's readiness to respond — in particularly for your deaf students — with these tips, tools, and strategies. 


National Deaf Center Releases Online Game, Deafverse, To Empower Deaf Teens

September 10, 2019

Deafverse World One: Duel of the Bots launched on September 10an online choose-your-own-adventure game designed for deaf teenagers to build confidence, learn their rights, and develop skills to succeed in their transition from high school to adult life.


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