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.


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.


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.


New NDC Guide Helps Deaf Youth Get Jobs, Training, and More from Vocational Rehabilitation Services

August 27, 2020

Plan Your Future: A Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation For Deaf Youth, a new resource from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC), helps deaf youth and their families know what services are available, figure out who to contact, and gather the right information to ensure they get the most out of their state’s VR services. The guide is available in English, Spanish and ASL. [Disponible en español]


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