Director’s Update, April 2020: We’re In This Together

Publication Date: April 20, 2020

This is a close-up image of a woman named Stephanie Cawthon. She is wearing a black formal jacket with a reddish pink top inside.

For regularly updated information and resources in response to COVID-19, visit: nationaldeafcenter.org/covid19

As we all cope with our “new normal” and struggle to grasp the magnitude of what’s happening — and the uncertainty of what’s to come — I want to take a moment to pause and check in with you. This is what I know for sure:

  • People first, projects second.

  • All plans can and may change.

  • Flexibility and back-up plans are critical.

  • Sometimes it helps to embrace the chaos.

  • We need communication more than certainty.

  • Computing systems and the internet are essential services.

And I know NDC will be here to support you through the challenges ahead.  

Our NDC team will continue to keep a pulse on the most pressing issues and produce new resources you need to ensure all deaf youth can thrive and succeed through this hardship. As I told Inside Higher Ed last week, access is more than accommodations — now more than ever.

We are grateful to be part of a family of U.S. Department of Education Technical Assistance and Dissemination Centers. You can find more resources coming online every day at our sister centers such as NCSI, NTACT, NCDB, NCEO, IRIS, and more.

What else can we do for you? If there are other resources we can develop, forums we can host, questions we can answer, or ways we can improve our COVID-19 response, please let us know at help@nationaldeafcenter.org.

Remember: We’re in this together.

Most sincerely,

Stephanie W. Cawthon, PhD
Director, National Deaf Center

Save This
Type of Resource: coronavirus, COVID-19

Other News Items

int-shor
December 2, 2022
NDC’s work with colleges and training programs across the country is unveiling an alarming trend. Disability services professionals in postsecondary environments are sharing that the national shortage of...
Screenshot 2022-11-10 at 14.53.38
November 10, 2022
We are now providing new 1-hour learning experiences in a modular form. Each module includes updated resources, new interactive opportunities, and more scenario-based examples....
Screen Shot 2022-11-07 at 08.06.45
November 10, 2022
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...

Need Help?

Fill out this form to get help from the NDC team.  Can’t see the form below? Click here to contact the NDC team.