How to Host Effective and Accessible Online Meetings with Deaf Participants

April 28, 2020

Whether you are meeting with colleagues who are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or connecting with clients in another state, a little advance planning can make sure your next online meeting is effective and accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people who will be attending.

Besides running a better meeting, effective communication between hearing and deaf people has other benefits for career success. Research shows it strengthens relationships, increases well-being, and fosters meaningful participation in the workplace.

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Seven Presentations at AERA 2020 Highlight NDC’s Innovative Research Findings

April 21, 2020

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.


Director’s Update, April 2020: We’re In This Together

April 20, 2020

As we all cope with our “new normal” and struggle to grasp the magnitude of what’s happening — and the uncertainty of what’s to come — I want to take a moment to pause and check in with you. This is what I know for sure:


Inside Higher Ed Q&A with Director Stephanie Cawthon: Challenges Students Face During COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Inside Higher Ed, the online source for higher education news and thought leadership for 3.2 million monthly readers, interviewed National Deaf Center Director Stephanie W. Cawthon, PhD, for a special Q&A about the challenges facing students with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and how colleges can respond to those challenges.


Using Hearing Assistive Devices at Home: 5 Tips for Deaf College Students

April 16, 2020

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.


Live Discussion with Deaf Students: Help! All My Classes are Online!

April 15, 2020

We know that some students were unable to attend the first panel discussion on April 9, so we are hosting this panel again in hopes that you can join us. We will host the panel on Zoom on April 22 at 7 to 8:30 p.m. CDT.


Meeting the Needs of Deaf College Students: Live Panels, New Resources, and Help Desk

April 15, 2020

Deaf college students, just like their peers, have faced a challenging spring semester — from coping with a worldwide pandemic to the sudden move to online classes for many. These changes in learning environments mean so much more to deaf students than just Zoom meetings and searching for wifi. Accessibility has changed dramatically in just a short period of time.


Professional Development Checklist: Six Ways to Improve Your Skills from Home

April 14, 2020

This six-point checklist can help you grow professionally and improve your work with deaf students and clients. It is designed for disability service providers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, student support specialists, academic advisors, and anyone who regularly works to ensure greater deaf success in education and employment.


New Work Based Learning Course Launched by National Deaf Center

April 13, 2020

Developing Accessible Work Based Learning Programs, a new online course available in the National Deaf Center’s learning library, offers practical insights and resources to improve employment outcomes — and close substantial employment gaps — for deaf youth.


Deafverse Can Help Deaf Teens Connect and Learn from Home

April 7, 2020

For deaf middle and high school students, there are very few accessible online games or resources. That’s why Deafverse, the first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) accessible online game for deaf teenagers, is the go-to game for at-home learning. [Disponible en español]


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