Our Mission


We share information, networks, and strategies to improve continuing education and training for deaf people.

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What We Do

Our products and services are deaf-centered, evidence-based, and developed in response to community needs.

We offer online courses, online gaming tools for youth, data reports, research summaries, evidence-based resources, webinars, and more.

We also provide individualized consultation, training, and resources that help community members, organizations, and schools improve outcomes for deaf people in continuing education and training. 

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Our Values

Our work is guided by our collective beliefs and commitments to:

  • Promoting individualized and person-centered approaches to each situation. 
  • Combining the lived experiences of deaf people with research and data to improve evidence-based decision-making.  
  • Partnering with communities to strengthen relationships, outreach, and engagement with members.
  • Centering the experience and expertise of deaf people in every aspect of our work.
  • Identifying systemic barriers to address root causes of problems and create solutions to make lasting impact.

Transforming Your Institution: The How and Why

Deaf people often encounter barriers in education, training, and employment settings. A systems perspective can help reduce or eliminate these barriers by addressing underlying root causes of problems to create solutions that will make a lasting impact and create sustainable solutions. NDC has resources to support your institution as you transform your focus to improve overall system coherence, strengthen relationships, and reframe attitudes to eliminate barriers.

More About Us

We are a technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  Project Officer: Dr. Louise Tripoli. The National Deaf Center is located at the University of Texas at Austin, based in the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the College of Education.

Carrie Lou Bloom, PhD, and Tia Ivanko, MA, NIC, are Co-Directors of the National Deaf Center.

Meet Our Team


Carrie Lou Bloom, PhD

Leading with the power of research, data, and high expectations.

Tia Ivanko, MA, NIC, ADAC

Believes in creating better opportunities and is ready to do the work together.

Lore Kinast, EdD

Loves working toward better access for deaf students in higher education.
Director of Strategic Support

Michelle Morris

Big picture thinker connecting ideas and people to drive positive change.
Director of Communications

NDC Team

Benjamin Suits Baer

Passionate about self advocacy and the power of accessible education.
Accessibility Resource Specialist

Malibu Barron

Lifelong learner navigating multiple truths and experiences using intersectional lens.
Strategic Support Specialist

Sarah Brown

An interpreter who likes to ensure that everyone has a seat at the table.
Access Coordinator

Chase Burton

Creating change through visual mediums.
Media Producer

Latoya Dixon, M.Ed.

A disability rights advocate, ADA critic, and believer in inclusive accessibility for all.
Accessibility Resource Specialist

Zane Fleming

A believer in the power of gaming to create a lasting positive impact on deaf youth.
Game Program Coordinator

Karla Giese, EdD

An educator passionate about knowledge…always learning!
Instructional Designer

Leele Girma

An engager providing accessible contents in bettering for advocacy and belonging.
Social Media Coordinator

Jen Higgins

Finds happiness at the intersection of accessibility, assessment, and research.
Strategic Support Coordinator

Kate Lewandowski, M.S.

A problem solver with a passion for access and inclusion.
Strategic Support Coordinator

Brit Macias

Bringing more creativity to our world.
Media Specialist

Jay Mills, M.A.

Digital technologist with a passion for creativity, accessibility, and connection.
Digital Content Manager

Diego Ozuna-Clark

A thinker, Diego values intentional conversations.
Strategic Support Coordinator

Jeffrey Palmer, PhD

Believes every research question deserves consideration over coffee.
Research Associate

Kent Turner

A game designer who aims to level up self-advocacy skills for deaf youth.
Game Designer

Affiliated Personnel

William Albright

Using hands to communicate with humans & machines.
Senior Software Engineer

Jenna Beacom

A believer in the power of the written word.
Content Writer

Crescenciano Garcia

Two signed and two spoken languages, plus a sprinkling of digital aptitude.
Access Specialist

Isabelle Garreaud

Small person with a big passion for inclusivity & equal access.
Project Specialist

Jana Mauldin

Vulnerable, passionate interpreter/presenter focused on authentic connections.

Kah Mendoza

Channeling creativity in storytelling through all forms of art and media.
Community Liaison

Christopher Moreland

Engaged in driving access to healthcare, education, and careers.
Professor - Internal Medicine

Carmen Rodriguez, M.A.

Technology-savvy, advocating for equal opportunities for all!
Technical Assistance Support Specialist

Saul Orellana

On a mission to change the education system for future deaf youth.
Program Support Specialist

Jonah Winninghoff

Beyond crunching numbers, analyst delivers results with meaning and integrity.
Data Analyst

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