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RIT receives $1.6 million for deaf education in technology fields

RIT receives $1.6 million for deaf education in technology fields

Rochester Institute of Technology has won a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to promote technical training for deaf students, including veterans whose injuries result in hearing loss.

The grant provides three years of support for DeafTEC, also known as the Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, as it transitions into a resource center.

“I’m so pleased that RIT has received this significant grant, which will help support their dedicated efforts to create a more diverse and accepting workforce,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Morelle, D-Irondequoit. “This will further cement RIT’s reputation as a global leader in providing   innovative services to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students reach their full potential.

DeafTEC is housed in RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Its aims include changing the underrepresentation of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in technical jobs.

“For the third time, the National Science Foundation has recognized NTID’s DeafTEC program and its commitment to diversifying the technical workforce by increasing the participation of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in STEM fields,” said NTID President Gerard Buckley. “NTID and our partners are uniquely suited to increase professional development opportunities in these fields, expand STEM-related online resources and curricula, and model inclusivity for other STEM efforts.”

NTID President Gerard Buckley
NTID President Gerard Buckley

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

The DeafTEC Resource Center will:

  • Work with teachers and employers to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students access technical employment training
  • Disseminate information online about education and training in technical careers for deaf and hard of hearing students
  • Provide expertise and mentoring in creating inclusive environments for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, including military vets with hearing loss.

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