Fall Semester Prep Made Easy: Your Guide to Improving Services for Deaf Students

Published on June 26, 2024

Are you a disability services professional looking to better serve deaf students at your institution? The National Deaf Center (NDC) is here to help you get ahead of the semester and elevate your professional competencies in working with deaf students this fall! We know that sometimes it can be challenging to know where to begin, so we’ve laid out a few key tasks below to help get started in creating an inclusive and accessible experience for deaf students and build relationships with deaf communities.

Are You Ready to Serve Deaf Students?

Research has shown that negative attitudes and biases create barriers with student connectedness and belonging on campus. In our 2022-2023 Deaf Student Postsecondary Access and Inclusion Survey, many deaf students expressed frustrations with their service experiences on campus.

How can you determine if attitudes and biases are a factor at your institution or on your campus?

Evaluate & Assess

Reflect on the programs and services for deaf people at your organization with our Site-Assessment tool and take our online modules to discover how you can better support deaf students on your campus.

Use our Campus Accessibility Guide to evaluate whether your campus is truly accessible. This resource will help you identify areas for improvement and show you how to take actionable steps to make your campus more welcoming for deaf students.

Take our Deaf 101 online module to examine identity and intersectionality among deaf people while also learning how to engage with deaf people and discover ways to break down systemic barriers through the lived experiences of deaf people.

Get tips from your peers with our Tips for Disability Services Professionals video playlist.

Want to improve the campus experience for deaf students?

Build Knowledge & Skills

Enroll in our on-demand webinar, Preparing Access Services for Deaf College Students: Tips & Resources, to learn essential strategies and best practices to ensure your institution is ready to support deaf students effectively. It’s a convenient way to get up-to-date information at your own pace.

Take our Coordinating Services for Deaf Students module, which provides a comprehensive guide on how to effectively coordinate services for deaf students. This module will equip you with the skills to coordinate accommodations and ensure a smooth and supportive experience for deaf students on your campus.

Become an expert in Accessibility Practices for Deaf Students with our free, self-paced online certificate.

Not sure where to start?

Let Us Help You Get Started!

Budget setbacks, decentralized systems, and lack of understanding from faculty and staff of effective accommodations can be a lot to manage alone—but NDC is here to help, and we have a dedicated team of experts ready to help you create a plan! Whether you’re proactive in your planning or need support in overcoming challenges, we’re here to assist.

Get Support

Get in touch with us for free, confidential 1:1 support that is tailored to your institution!

For real-time answers to your questions from a network of peers, and to connect with other professionals and share best practices, join our Community Forum.

This August, our team will also provide personalized support sessions—if you’re stuck, show up and we will walk through the problem with you. Select one of the sessions below to register:


Stay informed and engaged with our resources, and don’t forget to find us at this year’s Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) conference! Find us at AHEAD to schedule 1:1 meetings with our team, or reach out to us today by emailing [email protected] and take the first step towards enhancing your institution’s support for deaf students.

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