How to Center Deaf People in Systems Change, According to Local Community Experts

February 25, 2021

It’s been said that the most meaningful change happens at the local level. But how can local communities involve more deaf people in decision making and let them lead the way in creating positive systemic change?

That was the topic of For Deaf People, By Deaf People: Centering Deaf People in Systems Change, a panel discussion hosted online by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) and its Engage for Change | local (EFC) initiative, which work toward improving educational and employment outcomes for deaf people by facilitating community- and deaf-led dialogs across the nation.


State Leaders Share Ways to Increase Access to Services for Deaf Youth

January 25, 2021

The transition from high school to further education, training, or career is a pivotal time for young people. Marginalized groups – including deaf students – are especially vulnerable during this time, and access to services is critical to ensuring success.

State leaders in deaf education, vocational rehabilitation, and other areas vital for #DeafSuccess met online on Jan. 12 as part of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes’ Engage for Change | state initiative.


State Spotlight: Idaho Wins $55K Impact Grant to Establish a Food Truck Operated by Deaf Youth

December 3, 2020

The Engage for Change | state (EFC) team from Idaho is known for being a model for others. Now, thanks to a partnership that includes funding from one of the nation’s biggest food companies, they are taking that to the next level as they prepare deaf youth for success after high school.


Live Panel December 8: The Power of Community: Centering Deaf People in Decision Making

November 24, 2020

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. In reality, however, this is seldom the case. Decisions are made for, and behalf of, deaf people without involving them every day. This upcoming live event panel on Dec 8 is an opportunity for panelists to gain an understanding of the importance of including deaf people in decision making and key elements of deaf-led community projects.


Engaging for Change: State Leaders Meet Regionally to Address Pandemic Crisis for Deaf Youth

November 10, 2020

Leaders in education and vocational rehabilitation (VR) met throughout the summer and fall in Engage for Change | state (EFC) online regional meetings organized by NDC — determined to advance their short-term pandemic response and proactively create long-term strategies to improve services, support, and outreach to deaf youth.


Room for Improvement: New Report Analyzes Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Deaf Americans

November 10, 2020

Vocational rehabilitation (VR) services are necessary for thousands of deaf Americans to successfully join the workforce, make career plans, and reach their employment goals. But U.S. VR agencies can do a better job of serving deaf people, according to a new nationwide report by NDC.


NDC Live Event on November 17: Does Auto Captioning Effectively Accommodate Deaf People?

October 27, 2020

There has been a significant increase in the use of captioning services for online learning due to COVID-19 pandemic. To keep up with the demand, many educational entities have turned to Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology to provide equitable and timely accessibility for students. While ASR has seen rapid developments in recent years, the gaps in the technology compromises equity access for deaf students. This presentation is designed to give answers to commonly asked questions from professionals in education settings.


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.


Raising Deaf Youth During COVID-19: Family Panels Reveal How to Engage and Encourage

October 21, 2020

For deaf students attending high school and preparing to enter college or careers, COVID-19 is adding uncertainty to a time that, while exciting, is already challenging. That’s why NDC hosted two live online panels for families of deaf youth nationwide, to help them connect and learn from each other.


Experts Share VR Insights and Tips in New Video Series

October 14, 2020

Vocational rehabilitation (VR) support and services can be an important factor for deaf people in reaching employment goals, pursuing further education, and achieving success after high school. But understanding what’s available and getting through the doors of VR offices can sometimes be challenging and confusing.


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