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NDC offers a variety of free e-learning opportunities to support the postsecondary success of deaf students. Earn RID CEUs or CRC clock hours by completing one of our short courses or dig deeper and enroll in one of our course series. Individuals who take classes with NDC | learn will be able to view real stories shared by deaf people across the country, discuss concerns and challenges with others, and learn from national experts. Information on all of our current courses is available on our Canvas Catalog.

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Professional Development Clock Hours: 1
One of many barriers to successful postsecondary outcomes for deaf people is the impact of negative attitudes and biases. Deaf people encounter negative attitudes and biases across many settings. This, along with “the historical trend of low expectations” have served as a persistent barrier to advancement in both school and the workplace. To ensure people interacting with deaf individuals don’t create additional barriers or inadvertently maintain barriers created by others, it is important to examine oneself and how one views deaf people. Understanding that there are factors pervasive across all levels of the system that inhibit deaf people from reaching their full potential can guide us to ensure equitable opportunity for deaf success — ultimately benefiting society as a whole.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 1
Deaf people are not all the same. While some deaf people may have similar or shared experiences, deaf people are a highly diverse population. This module introduces experiences of deaf people by deaf people, discusses the concept of intersectionality, and responds to commonly asked questions.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 1
Effective accommodations make it possible for deaf individuals to both receive and convey information in a manner that is equitable to other people in the setting — making it possible for deaf people to participate in a manner that promotes inclusion. In this course, participants will learn how to plan and provide accommodations for each setting, circumstance, and interaction — ultimately making it possible for deaf people to participate in a manner that promotes inclusion, and benefits everyone involved.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 1
Deaf people are highly diverse in language usage, identity, race, ethnicity, and in terms of additional disabilities. Acknowledging and honoring diversity among deaf people is central to building positive interactions and relationships. This is especially true when it comes to understanding effective communication. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) explains regulations regarding effective communication are intended to ensure people, including deaf individuals, are able to communicate with, receive information from, and convey information in a manner that is equally as effective as to people without disabilities.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 1
Understanding root causes is an important step for moving beyond temporary solutions to address the underlying factors of educational inequities for deaf people. Through the use of situational examples and critical thinking exercises, this module demonstrates that systemic changes require an intensive analysis to create sustainable long-term change.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 3
While research affirms the benefits of summer programs for all youth, less information is available on the effectiveness of summer programming for deaf youth.  This course seeks to increase the availability of summer programs by providing this information for professionals - educators, transition counselors, and vocational rehabilitation professionals - who facilitate youth programs.