As part of our celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) held a behind-the-scenes event on Deafverse, an NDC online resource designed for deaf youth. This event featured a panel of talented deaf professionals who worked to create this first-of-its-kind online educational game, which has recently launched a new expansion called World Two: Revenge of the Deep. This latest addition, which focuses on job readiness and related skills, builds upon the unique deaf-centered online gaming experience that began with Deafverse World One: Duel of the Bots.
Imagine dropping through a portal onto a mysterious island in search of your friend. That feeling of excitement and wonder is exactly what deaf students will feel when they jump into the exciting Deafverse expansion, World Two: Revenge of the Deep!
One of the main ways to build this self-determination and confidence is through defining goals for continuing their education, getting a job, and living their life to the fullest. But to define these goals, students must first look inward to understand their strengths, interests, and needs.
Using the Choose Your Future! Activity Kit, students can work with their families, teachers, or vocational rehabilitation counselors to decide on goals that align with who they truly are. The activity kit teaches deaf youth how to decide, act, and believe.
The Deafverse Name Sign Contest has been concluded, and Deafverse is now represented by a name sign in American Sign Language (ASL). Congratulations to Starla on winning the Name Sign Contest with her name sign!
For deaf middle and high school students, there are very few accessible online games or resources. That’s why Deafverse, the first-ever American Sign Language (ASL) accessible online game for deaf teenagers, is the go-to game for at-home learning. [Disponible en español]
Deafverse is making an impact and people are starting to notice. Currently, more than 2,500 players are learning how to navigate challenging situations, advocate for themselves, and know their rights. When beta players are included, that number jumps to over 5,000.
NDC is on the road presenting at not one, but TWO different conferences this week. We are in Washington, D.C., Monday through Wednesday at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) conference, and starting Wednesday, we will be at the OCALICON conference in Columbus, Ohio.
One of the more challenging aspects for a deaf individual while seeking employment is knowing when, and how, to disclose their disability to an employer. Navigating disclosure of a disability for employment purposes is a personal decision. Deaf people may find the disclosure process to be challenging because they may encounter employers who are unaware of laws or accommodations, or the deaf people may not have the self-advocacy skills to navigate the job search process.
Deafverse World One: Duel of the Bots launched on September 10, an online choose-your-own-adventure game designed for deaf teenagers to build confidence, learn their rights, and develop skills to succeed in their transition from high school to adult life.
It’s time to go Back To School with #DeafSuccess! Here are five ways deaf high school students, their teachers, and their families can make the most of the coming school year, and prepare for a successful transition to college, training programs, or jobs.