The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) conducted a root cause analysis of current data and existing literature to identify four underlying root causes that affect postsecondary outcomes for deaf people:
- Limited access to language and communication
- Reduced social opportunities
- Negative attitudes and biases
- Lack of qualified and experienced professionals
While not all encompassing, these four root causes provide critical foundation for examining systemic factors that underlie postsecondary outcomes for deaf people.