As the new school year begins, it can be a challenge to get students back into the learning mindset after a few months of summer fun and games. NDC is here to help!
Make learning more engaging for your deaf students with NDC’s free groundbreaking online game called Deafverse, which gives deaf youth a fun and safe space to practice applying self-determination skills to build confidence, learn their rights, and get ready for life after high school.
Online educational games are popular resources for many parents and teachers. For deaf middle and high school students, however, there are very few accessible online games and resources. That’s why Deafverse, the first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) accessible online game for deaf teenagers, was developed by a team of deaf creators and educators at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes.
Use Deafverse in the Classroom
Over 4,000 people have already played Deafverse – don’t let your students miss out on the fun! This game is a rare opportunity for deaf young people to see scenarios that are applicable to their lives and learn about how other deaf people have navigated these situations. For example, in World One: Duel of the Bots, players are asked to advocate for themselves with friends and interpreters, choose accommodations that may be a good fit for them, learn more about accessible emergency alerts, and so much more.
The latest edition, World Two: Revenge of the Deep, builds upon the lessons learned in World One and focuses on workplace readiness skills by guiding players through the job search process. Players are asked to choose a job that interests them, apply for it, identify marketable skills, prepare a resume, advocate for accommodations during the interview, and practice other valuable transition skills.
Through these adventures, Deafverse supports foundational skill development in deaf youth by exposing them to real-world scenarios that will happen in life and the workplace, challenging them to think about how they might best react. Learn more today about how to use Deafverse in your classroom.
Get Free Resources in the Mail!
The NDC team has also designed strategy guides for students and teachers to support game play in the classroom. Activities and questions in the strategy guides help extend learning outside of the game. These guides and additional resources are available on our Resources page to download for free anytime.
But – as part of our NDC Back to School campaign, we will mail our resources to you for FREE!
In the resource packets we will send you Student and Teacher Kits that include fun goodies like NDC stickers, transition planning and self-advocacy posters, the Deafverse Strategy Guides, and the Plan Your Future Guide to VR Services.
Orders must be received no later than August 31. Kits will be packed and shipped out by September 15. If you require materials sooner or have questions, please contact email@example.com for support.