The transition from high school to further education, training, or career is a pivotal time for young people. Marginalized groups – including deaf students – are especially vulnerable during this time, and access to services is critical to ensuring success.
State leaders in deaf education, vocational rehabilitation, and other areas vital for #DeafSuccess met online on Jan. 12 as part of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes’ Engage for Change | state initiative.
Vocational rehabilitation (VR) services are necessary for thousands of deaf Americans to successfully join the workforce, make career plans, and reach their employment goals. But U.S. VR agencies can do a better job of serving deaf people, according to a new nationwide report by NDC.
Vocational rehabilitation (VR) support and services can be an important factor for deaf people in reaching employment goals, pursuing further education, and achieving success after high school. But understanding what’s available and getting through the doors of VR offices can sometimes be challenging and confusing.
Plan Your Future: A Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation For Deaf Youth, a new resource from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC), helps deaf youth and their families know what services are available, figure out who to contact, and gather the right information to ensure they get the most out of their state’s VR services. The guide is available in English, Spanish and ASL. [Disponible en español]
La Nueva Guía Del Centro Nacional De Sordos (NDC) Ayuda A Los Jóvenes Sordos A Obtener Trabajo, Capacitación Y Más Con Los Servicios De Rehabilitación Vocacional
“Planifique su Futuro: Guía de Rehabilitación Vocacional para Jóvenes Sordos”, es un nuevo recurso del Centro Nacional de Sordos sobre Resultados Postsecundarios (NDC), ayuda a los jóvenes sordos y a sus familias a saber qué servicios están disponibles, saber a quién pueden contactar y a reunir la información adecuada para que se aseguren de aprovechar al máximo los servicios de VR del Estado en el que se encuentran. Esta guía está disponible en inglés, en español y en la Lengua de Señas Americanas. [Read in English]
More than 500 VR staff, community rehabilitation providers (CRPs), and educators registered for two online events. Vocational Rehabilitation During COVID-19: A Live Discussion for Transition Professionals, organized by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC), was held on July 28 and Aug. 6.
Vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies nationwide have faced many challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as they strive to support deaf people’ access to Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), vocational training and employment.
Now, VR staff and community rehabilitation providers (CRPs) can gather in an online discussion to share challenges and success stories. NDC is offering two live panels on two different dates to choose from. The content will be the same for each date; we ask people to register for only one date.
Heather Hapke from Rocky Mountain Deaf School agreed to share details about the school’s job training program, which includes an on-campus coffee shop, job shadowing and internships, a summer program, and more.
As VR and RCD Training Requirements Expand, National Deaf Center Provides Support to States and Agencies
On October 15-16, the state of Illinois will gather its Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf (RCDs) together for the first time for statewide training that will include a session on what the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes can do to help their day-to-day efforts to serve deaf youth and adults in the state.