Other Access Topics
Deaf individuals participating in postsecondary settings have the right to access the environment in a manner that is most effective for them to communicate. Entities can address barriers for deaf individuals such as designing accessible environments, embracing the principles of universal design, and proactively planning to provide access in a variety of situations. Below are a list of unique access topics that provide strategies when addressing barriers in postsecondary settings.
This page is dedicated to a collection of both research publication summaries of various topics that impact deaf individuals as well as data on education and employment. NDC recognizes the importance of using research and evidenced-based practices when it comes to minimizing barriers for deaf individuals.
Deaf People and Employment in the United States
Employment is one of many possible outcome measures, but one that is typically used as an indicator for the ability to live independently, attain financial stability, and maintain a quality of life that is aligned with one’s goals. To meet national employment goals, federal initiatives, policies, and funding drive employment training, placement, and rehabilitation programs across the country. Despite positive postsecondary enrollment trends and improvements in legal policies surrounding access for deaf people, particularly through the Americans with Disabilities Act, employment gaps between deaf and hearing people continue to be significant. Employment experiences for deaf people are also qualitatively different than for hearing people in the United States in terms of earnings, part-time or full-time employment, opportunities for advancement over time, and the likelihood of being self-employed.
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Continuing education and training after high school is becoming increasingly important for successful independent living and employment in the United States. Recognizing the great need for skilled employees who can meet the competitive demands of the modern workforce, legislators and public policymakers are working to facilitate conditions that support continuing education and training for all individuals. Legislation has increased the accessibility of postsecondary education and training programs for deaf individuals, who are now enrolled in a wide variety of educational programs across the United States. Current data on educational attainment for deaf people suggest areas of optimism, but also areas of concern.
Video Archive: Deaf People and Educational Attainment in the United States: 2017
Download, read, and share state reports about postsecondary outcomes of deaf individuals in your state. This important information may benefit individuals and organizations in each state as strategies are identified and put in place for systemic changes to better postsecondary outcomes for deaf individuals.
In addition to the state reports, a Data Interpretation Guide is available below. The Guide contains answers to frequently asked questions about the reports and is intended to assist with understanding the state reports. For additional reading, we invite you to also review a related document, State Rankings of Postsecondary Achievement for Deaf People: 2012-2016.