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News - Medical
March 29, 2016

Improving the health of the deaf and hard-of-hearing population through accessible patient-reported outcome measures is the goal of a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health-funded study, led by Rochester Institute of Technology.

Researchers and providers will, for the first time, have a tool for assessing their deaf and hard-of-hearing patients' health-related quality-of-life outcomes in American Sign Language. Resulting data will lend new insights in patient outcomes research and improve prevention and treatment models for the underserved deaf and hard-of-hearing population, said Poorna Kushalnagar, a health psychologist and research associate professor in RIT's Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.

Patient assessments evaluate symptoms, well-being and life satisfaction, as well as physical, mental and social health. Surveys designed for English speakers present a language barrier for many users of American Sign Language and accessible services, Kushalnagar said.

Read more . . . NIH-funded


Henrietta Post
Rochester , NY

Posted Mar. 1, 2016
National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology ’s SpiRIT Writing Contest and Digital Arts, Film and Animation Competition is open to deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students until March 18.

The writing contest is open to deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students in 10th and 11th grades. Winners can choose a scholarship and travel expenses to the Explore Your Future program at NTID, or $500. Explore Your Future is a six-day summer career exploration program in July for deaf and hard-of-hearing students that provides the opportunity to sample different careers as well as college life.

The digital arts competition is open to students in grades nine through 12 and has a $250 prize. Winning work will be exhibited in the Dyer Arts Center and on the college website. This national competition recognizes students’ artistic expression with awards in film, graphic media, interactive media, photo imaging, 3D animation and web page design. Students may submit up to two entries.

For more information about the writing contest, visit For more information about the digital arts competition, visit




RIT/NTID Website
SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

Deaf hip-hop artist and Rochester Institute of Technology graduate Sean Forbes returns to RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf to perform his show “Deaf and Loud” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 in Panara Theatre. Tickets for the concert are $10 and can be purchased beginning Monday at the NTID Box Office.

In addition to performing hip-hop, Forbes—a 2008 graduate of RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology—is an accomplished drummer, songwriter and communicator. His debut album, Perfect Imperfection, contains 12 American Sign Language music videos that are coupled with his original songs. He has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio and the Ovation Network series, Motor City Rising, and articles about him have published in Spin,New York Post and The Washington Post, among others. He has performed hundreds of live shows for both deaf and hearing audiences and has achieved viral success on YouTube.

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by Joshua Guyan

AT&T submitted a Petition for Rulemaking to the FCC, requesting that the Commission update its rules requiring support for text telephone (TTY) technology.  The petition asks the FCC to launch a proceeding to recognize real-time text (RTT) as an acceptable alternative to TTY under the Commission’s accessibility rules and, in the interim, AT&T is seeking a waiver to allow it to deploy IP (Internet protocol)-based voice services without support for TTY.

TTY technology has long been used to enable individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate by typing messages on TTY devices that are transmitted over telephone lines to TTY devices at the receiving end.  Currently, TTY compatibility is required for a variety of communications services under the FCC’s accessibility rules.  The petition argues that TTY technology is outdated and incompatible with increasingly prevalent Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology.  Newer RTT communication has the advantages of interoperability with IP networks and instantaneous transmission that allows for interactive conversations.

By developing RTT so that it is interoperable with TTY, and permitting RTT to be used as an acceptable alternative to TTY, the petition argues that service providers and device manufacturers would be able to choose the accessibility method that works best for their service.  The petition posits that ultimately, RTT will fully replace the use TTY.


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Island Gazette
Written by June 24, 2015

Science, technology, engineering and math will be explored during week long session in July

Deaf and hard-of-hearing girls and boys who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math and entering 7th, 8th or 9th grades in September can attend “TechGirlz” or “TechBoyz” summer camps at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, July 25 30.
TechBoyz and TechGirlz camps are designed to help students learn about and consider careers in science and technology. Through hands-on activities, campers will explore chemistry, computers, engineering and science; learn to build their own computer; and command a simulated mission to Mars. They also will meet other students with similar interests and participate in social activities.
Camp classes—held in English and in sign language—are certified by the New York State Department of Health and incorporate National Science Education standards.

Read more  . . . NTID



Shelburne News, VT

The Explore Your Future (EYF) program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, N.Y., offers deaf and hard-of-hearing college-bound high school students who will begin their junior or senior year in the fall of 2015 a unique opportunity to experience life on a college campus, explore their interests, and sample various careers. This six-day, summer career-exploration program provides students with hands-on activities related to careers in art, business, computer science, engineering, health sciences, information technology, science, and more.

EYF sessions for summer 2015 run July 11‑16 and July 18‑23. On the final day of each session, parents attend a workshop that helps them prepare their student for life after high school.

Students can apply online at For more information, call (585) 475-6700, (585) 743-1366 (videophone) or email The application deadline is May 31.

RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf offers educational programs and access and support services to 1,200 hard-of-hearing and deaf students who live, study and work with more than 15,000 hearing students on RIT’s campus. Visit for more information.



RIT/NTID to Offer Educational Summer Camps for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

Camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers are planned this summer at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where they will get hands-on experience building computers or other high-tech devices, learn which college majors and careers may be best suited for them and meet other campers from around the country while enjoying recreational activities.

Explore Your Future, a six-day career awareness program for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students experience college life, enjoy hands-on activities and get a taste of real world careers in the fields of art, business, computing, engineering, health sciences and science. Two sessions of the camp are being offered this year: July 13-18, or July 20-25, 2013. Deadline to apply is April 30.


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RIT offers summer programs for deaf & hard of hearing

From RIT/Bandera County Courier 3/15/2012
Deaf and hard of hearing students from across the country are invited to attend one of three summer career awareness camps focusing on science, technology, business and art at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Hundreds of students are expected.
Each program features hands-on activities during the day, social activities in the evenings and accommodations in a college dorm room. The programs are intended to promote interest in specific fields and determine what career options may interest and motivate the students.
Explore Your Future is a six-day career awareness program for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students experience college life, enjoy hands-on activities, and get a taste of careers in the fields of business, computing, engineering, science and art. Sessions are set for July 14 - 19 or July 21 - 26.

Registration deadline is April 30.

Details are available at
TechGirlz and TechBoyz are week-long summer camps held July 28 - Aug. 3, for deaf and hard-of-hearing girls and boys respectively, entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Campers build computers to take home, discover the secrets of roller coasters, conduct experiments in a high-tech lab and more.
Registration deadline is May 31.
Details are available at or
Steps to Success is a weekend mini-camp on Aug. 3 - 5, for 7th, 8th and 9th grade African American, Native American and Latino students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Campers enjoy hands-on career-related activities and meet new friends.
Registration deadline is May 31.
Details are found at
RIT is internationally recognized for academic leadership in computing, engineering, imaging technology, sustainability and fine and applied arts, in addition to unparalleled support services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. RIT enrolls 17,000 full- and part-time students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, and its cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation.

By Marla Dougherty  6/28/11 

I stopped by the RIT table and asked Mary Ellen Tait from NTID’s Center on Employment department, what she wanted our NVRC readers to know. Mary Ellen said she would be delighted if we could help get the word out on the RIT bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for veterans who have hearing loss as a result of their service.  Named to the 2010 Military Friendly Schools list, RIT offers tuition-reduced classes with access to C-Print captioning services, counseling, and audiology services which include cochlear implant mapping.

RIT holds a job fair every October and assists in finding internships. The graduates are high-tech, highly trained workers and the university helps find work positions. The Outreach Education and Training department offers on-site employer workshops with each program custom designed to address issues unique to that firm. For more information about the veterans degree program visit their website:

By Marla Dougherty  6/23/11

Federally funded by the National Institute for Health, the NIDCD uses supports research in hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The knowledge obtained by this research is translated into easy to read, free publications available to the public.  NIDCD’s “Ten Ways To Recognize Hearing Loss” bookmark has been a valuable tool at the health fairs where NVRC exhibits throughout the year.

A popular NIDCD program started a couple of years ago is called “It’s a Noisy Planet” and is presented in schools to teach kids how to protect their hearing in loud places.  The NIDCD website is loaded with great information and you can learn about their latest research at