Online Learning

NDC offers a variety of free online learning opportunities to support the postsecondary success of deaf students. Earn professional development clock hours by completing one of our modules or dig deeper and enroll in one of our facilitated courses. 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.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 3
In three one-hour modules, Start and Build a Mentoring Program for Deaf Youth uses evidence-based research, real-world examples, and useful resources ready for immediate implementation.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 3
Developing Accessible Work Based Learning Programs is a short course that provides information and practical resources about accessible employment opportunities for deaf youth.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 3
Implementing Test Equity Concepts is the second of three courses in a sequence focusing on Test Equity. This course addresses the practical applications of test equity rooted in federal law.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 2
Foundations of Test Equity is a two-hour self-paced professional development course that can help you discern challenges in testing circumstances for deaf people, while obtaining fundamental knowledge to improve test equity for deaf people.
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 0
Note Taker Training is a self-guided training that defines the role of the note taker and provides note taking strategies that enable student note takers to provide accurate, comprehensive classroom notes for deaf students
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Professional Development Clock Hours: 4
Improving Campus Access is a short course that provides basic knowledge and the tools necessary to understand the complexities of providing access to deaf students pursuing postsecondary education.
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With the rapid shift to online learning, it is more essential than ever to expand your teaching toolbox to make online classes fully accessible — especially for students who are deaf or have diverse educational needs. 
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In three one-hour modules, Instructional Strategies for Deaf Student Success uses evidence-based research, real-world examples, and useful resources ready for immediate implementation.