Start Your Semester Strong! Tips & Resources for DSS Professionals

Published on July 29, 2022

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As we get closer to the excitement of a new school year, disability service offices around the country are getting ready to help deaf students have access to the full student experience at their colleges.

A positive start is important to success for any student heading back to school; it sets the groundwork for the uphill journey ahead. Disability service professionals can help shape their students’ experience by starting with strong support. The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) is here to help with that

NDC Help Team members Stephanie Zito and Kate Lewandowski will lead a webinar, Preparing Access Services for Deaf College Students: Tips and Resources, on August 11, 2022 from 1-2pm CST designed to provide DSS professionals with the information, guidance, and resources necessary to implement effective accommodations. The presenters will discuss: the interactive process, common accommodations, & respond to commonly asked questions from participants.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and 5 key components of “effective communication” as defined by U.S. Department of Justice
  • Conduct a deaf-centered interview to plan accommodations with deaf people
  • Effectively implement at least 2 practices for commonly used accommodations for deaf people in postsecondary settings

Join us, Register today!

Opportunity for Disability Services Professionals

In addition to webinar, NDC will host a Disability Services Work Group: Connecting for #DeafSuccess. This is an opportunity to strengthen your knowledge, skills, and professional network. This space is designed for information and resource sharing, and collaborative problem solving to assist professionals in coordinating accommodations for deaf students attending college.

We see you. There are many professionals coordinating accommodations for deaf students for the first time. If you are new to the field or new to deaf services we are here for you. This group will meet each month virtually, during the Fall 2022 semester. If you are looking for a space to continue the conversation, join us! You must submit a request to participate below and commit to the scheduled dates. There is no cost and space is limited!

Work Group Sessions: September 13, October 11, November 15, and December 13 at 1:00-2:00 PM / Central Time.

Register for your spot today!

General Information About NDC Events:


  • Interpreters and real-time captioning will be provided for all events.
  • For additional access requests please email: [email protected] at least 3 business days prior to the event.

Event Code of Conduct

All are invited to participate as you are, engage with our team, and to connect with other participants to learn together. NDC is committed to creating a harassment-free space of learning that welcomes all participants regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, transgender status, age, body type, appreances, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack there of), veteran or marital status, national origin, or other classification protected by law. By attending the event, you agree to abide by the event code of conduct.

NDC has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind and expects all event participants will help uphold a positive experience for all. NDC reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the event, in response to any incident that violates the expectations outlined above. NDC also reserves the right to prohibit participation at any future events, virtually or in person.

Participants are expected to :

  • Conduct themselves in a manner that is considerate, respectful, and professional in their interactions with all present at the event.
  • Refrain from conduct that is disruptive, disrespectful, disparaging, discouraging, discriminatory, or demeaning.
  • Inform NDC if you notice any behavior that is not aligned with the conduct expectation outlined above.
  • Seek assistance from NDC staff at the event or by emailing [email protected].

Professional Development Credit

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NDC is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. Eligible RID members will be also required to complete the evaluation and accurately input their RID number on the CEU form to be eligible for CEU submission. This general studies program is offered for (.1) CEUs at the some knowledge content level.

Event FAQ:

  • Does registration cost anything? No.
  • Who can attend the live event? The target audience for this content are service providers working in posteseconary and education training settings, but all are welcome.
  • Will professional development credits be offered for this panel? Yes
  • Will a recording be made available to those who could not attend? Yes, a recording will be released several weeks after the date of the original event.
  • Will interpreters or real-time captioning be provided? Yes, both are being provided. If you have additional accommodation needs please email [email protected].

Additional event FAQ’s available online.

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