Deaf teenagers are looking ahead to the future and striving for independence. Yet how do we help them do this when their efforts — and all of our lives — are being upended by the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are some strategies to help provide strong family support for deaf teenagers and address the unique challenges created by the pandemic. [Disponible en español]
Raising the Bar for Postsecondary Success: Cawthon Presents Keynote on Transition as Design for LifeMay 18, 2020
In a keynote address to the Collaborative Experience Conference, director of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, Stephanie W. Cawthon, PhD, calls on parents and educators of deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing children to rethink the strategies they use to empower young adults who are making the difficult transition to life after high school — to go beyond a checklist that helps teens investigate a training program or apply to college, and instead provide a design for life that prepares them to evolve as people, seize opportunities, and respond to ever-changing environments. [Disponible en español]
NDC has a wealth of online VR resources just a click away, to boost deaf success during the pandemic (and beyond). These are the “essential eight” — the most useful, evidence-based assets every VR counselor needs right now — in a checklist format for easy implementation with deaf clients.
Researchers from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) were originally scheduled to make seven presentations—the most ever at a conference by NDC staff—at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2020 Annual Meeting on April 17-21, the world’s largest gathering of education researchers and a showcase for innovative studies. Because the conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the papers and presentations will be uploaded to the AERA Online Repository to expand their impact, discoverability, and authentication.
With the sudden shift to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, deaf and hard of hearing college students who use hearing assistive technology (HAT) may need to shift technology gears — and perhaps even consider different communication methods — to access your online classes from home.
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.
We have resources ready for you on a dedicated COVID-19 information page. We will be building out tailored information to support both short- and long-term decision making on important topics including accessibility, transition planning, self-advocacy, and mental health during this time of stress and change. Check back often for updates on a range of topics, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram for daily insights on ways to mitigate the potential negative impact of the spread of the coronavirus. [Disponible en español]
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.
As deaf children grow into teenagers, they begin to take a more active role in decision-making and responsibilities. Families are often unaware of strategies to support their deaf teen on becoming more independent. The role of family members is vital in ensuring deaf youth are prepared for life after high school. It’s an overwhelming but exciting time for both families and deaf teens.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, which can bring with it additional anxiety, depression and other stress about romance and relationships. Research shows that deaf people are more likely to struggle socially, emotionally and with other issues impacting mental health.