Research Summarized! Leveraging Community Resources

Leveraging Community Resources is one of five key impact areas identified by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes in its review of the literature on practices that address root causes of challenges to deaf individuals' postsecondary attainment.

Strengthening community networks and connections increases social capital, the advantage gained through relationships and social networks. Social capital can help individuals navigate complex school and workplace situations. Some deaf* individuals have limited access to social capital due to information deprivation and reduced access to full language environments. Without access to the full mix of informal and formal communication opportunities necessary to build social capital, it can be challenging for deaf individuals to gain entry into higher levels of responsibility and advancement.

See the full list of Key Impact Areas.