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Accommodations 101

There is no one-size-fits-all accommodation to meet the diverse needs of deaf students. Accommodations are provided by a school, employer, or other institution to ensure deaf people are able to fully access all the experiences and activities offered.

Laws & Compliance

In addition to the ADA, sound policies and procedures can support deaf individuals with an equal opportunity to access a wide-range of opportunities and can reduce barriers in postsecondary environments.

Online Learning Modules

Earn professional development clock hours by completing one of our modules or facilitated courses. View real stories shared by deaf people across the country, discuss concerns and challenges with others, and learn from national experts.

Specialty Certificate: Accessibility Practices Certificate for Deaf Students

Unlock new opportunities to improve the experiences of deaf students on your campus in NDC’s comprehensive online learning experience. This specialty certificate is specifically tailored to Disability Services Professionals who are seeking to strengthen their knowledge and skills in working with deaf students.

Community Engagement & Discussion

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Community Forum

NDC has recently launched a new community forum—just for Disability Service Professionals! You can connect with other DS professionals, share your thoughts and ideas, and ask questions.

Interested in a One-on-One Consultation?

NDC provides live, no-cost interactive opportunities to meet with the NDC team that are designed to support the creation of accessible environments and opportunities for deaf people. We are ready to connect with you!

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The Importance of Student Feedback

In the vibrant tapestry of higher education, every student’s journey is unique. Deaf college students face distinct challenges and opportunities, and their experiences are a vital source of insight for educators and institutions. Actively collecting feedback will not only acknowledge the uniqueness of each student but also validate their experiences and perspectives.

Deaf college students are integral members of the broader campus community. When students have a platform to share their experiences and suggest improvements, institutions can proactively work towards creating an inclusive environment where all students thrive.

Tips for Disability Service Professionals

There are many ways to support your students as a disability services professional. Check out this video for some advice and tips, and click the link below for more!

Understanding What it Means to be Deaf

Every deaf student is different—there is no one-size-fits-all approach.

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Deaf Demographics: Data Dashboard

In 2021, 1.9% of people in the United States are deaf – learn more about the educational and employment experiences of deaf people by exploring our new interactive data dashboard! National and state level data are available. 

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Deaf Awareness

Deaf people are a highly diverse population with a wide range of communication preferences, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and additional disabilities that shape their interactions with their environment. Learn more about deaf people and the complexity of the deaf experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are we?

We are a technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), focused on sharing information, networks, and strategies to improve continuing education and training for deaf people.

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