Our Mission


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

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.
  • Working towards equity with a systems lens, rather than situations, that amplify the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations towards #Deafsuccess. 

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


Tia Ivanko, MA, NIC, ADAC


William Albright

Senior Software Engineer

Benjamin Suits Baer

Accessibility Resource Specialist

Sarah Brown

Access Coordinator

Chase Burton

Media Producer

Latoya Dixon, M.Ed.

Accessibility Resource Specialist

Crescenciano Garcia

Access Specialist

Karla Giese, EdD

Instructional Designer

Diego Ozuna-Clark

Community Engagement Coordinator

Leele Girma

Social Media Coordinator

Jen Higgins

Strategic Support Coordinator

Lore Kinast, EdD

Director of Strategic Support

Kate Lewandowski, M.S.

Accessibility Resource Manager

Brit Macias

Media Specialist

Michelle Morris

Director of Communications

Jay Mills, M.A.

Digital Content Manager

Jeffrey Palmer, PhD

Research Associate

Kent Turner

Game Designer

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