Deaf Youth and Summer Programs

Take our e-learning course on Designing Accessible Summer Programs!

Summer programs can offer a variety of enrichment activities that encourage students to grow and thrive through meaningful participation. Deaf students who get involved in summer programs can achieve the same benefits as their hearing peers when activities are inclusive and meet the unique needs of deaf students. At first glance, camp might appear to be all fun and games, but research has demonstrated that camps can have a positive impact on youth development outcomes related to independence, leadership, self-esteem, problem-solving, and feelings of empowerment.


Take an e-learning course and find out WHY summer programs are important, WHAT states have learned in building summer programs and HOW to get started in launching or strengthening a summer program for deaf youth. We are offering a short e-learning course, Designing Accessible Summer Programs. This course will include stories from deaf people about their experiences, an expert lecture by Bedarius Bell, the State Coordinator of Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Deafblind Services at the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and hands-on activities and discussions with other professionals designing summer programs for deaf youth.

The course will begin on Aug. 19 and last 3 weeks with about 3 hours of commitment each week. Engagement is flexible--group activities and discussions can be completed at any time each week. Participants are eligible for 1.0 RID CEU and/or 10 CRC clock hours and can request a certificate of completion to submit to other professional development programs. Please contact by July 31st if you or your colleagues are interested in participating in the course.