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DeafTEC Center

Title of resource, project, or practice: DeafTEC Center
Name(s), Title(s), and Affiliation of Leader(s): Donna Lange, DeafTEC PI and Center Director
Overview of the resource:

DeafTEC serves as a resource for high schools and community colleges that educate deaf and hard-of-hearing students in STEM-related programs and for employers hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. DeafTEC is also establishing a model within targeted regions of the country to create partnerships among high schools, community colleges, and industry to improve access to technological education and employment for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

The audience for this national center is the estimated 150,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in high schools and the 137,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing students in postsecondary schools in the United States, the teachers and counselors that serve them, and their future employers.

Important elements or characteristics of the resource, project, practice or strategy:

Project Access is an extensive multi-phase project broadly designed to adapt the classroom teaching style of regular college teaching faculty in order to foster better learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, as well as all other students. It offers professional development and the Class Act Website with 40 categories of teaching strategies, videos of student perspectives, and videos of teacher perspectives.

Through Project Fast Forward, qualified deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students can enroll in Rochester Institute of Technology computer courses offered through the college of national Technical Institute for the Deaf. These courses are taught in the students’ own high school, by their own teachers, during regular school hours. Students earn dual credit (college and high school credit) for their work. Students can use the credit they earn to count toward a degree at RIT/NTID or at other colleges across the country that accept the credit.

Additional resources include resources for employers, writing, math and STEM Career resources, and resources for deaf and hard-of-hearing IT professionals.


Reported by: Lynn Reha
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