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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.


‘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.


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.


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.


New Survey to Help Improve Deaf Student Success on Campus

October 30, 2019

In an effort to improve deaf student success, the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes this month launched the 2019-20 annual Project Opening Doors survey for faculty and deaf students. This year includes a new survey for disability support staff.


When and How Should an Employee Disclose Their Disability?

October 29, 2019

One of the more challenging aspects for a deaf individual while seeking employment is knowing when, and how, to disclose their disability to an employer. Navigating disclosure of a disability for employment purposes is a personal decision. Deaf individuals may find the disclosure process to be challenging because they may encounter employers who are unaware of laws or accommodations, or the deaf individuals may not have the self-advocacy skills to navigate the job search process.


Tia Ivanko: Pathways to Success After High School for Deaf Students

October 28, 2019

A recent article published in Raising and Educating Deaf Children by NDC’s director of operations, Tia Ivanko, outlines in clear, brief language why NDC does what it does. The article, titled “Pathways to Success After High School for Deaf Students,” describes what we know about deaf student success and the implications for improving access for deaf students.


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. 


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