Giving to RIT/NTID

You can be part of making great things happen, now and in the future.

NTID is the world expert in preparing deaf and hard-of-hearing students for high-tech careers. You can choose to direct your gift toward a student scholarship, a theatrical performance, a new piece of equipment, or academics and research. What will you choose?

NTID offers you many opportunities to make a difference for deaf and hard-of-hearing students from the United States and around the world. Your gift could help fund a scholarship, support construction of NTID's newest state-of-the-art facility, Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall, or provide funding for a theatrical performance that becomes a life-changing experience for the student actors. With gifts like these and many others, you can make great things happen.

Make a gift online - it's convenient, quick and eliminates the need for envelopes, stamps or checks. In addition, your gift starts working for RIT/NTID right away!

RIT/NTID Mourns the Passing of Deaf Pioneer Robert F. Panara

Robert F. Panara, much beloved professor emeritus, author, poet, historian and international authority on deaf figures in literature, and NTID’s first deaf professor, died July 20. He was 94 years old. Read more about Bob’s incredible life and the many contributions he made to Deaf culture and history.

In accordance with Bob and his family’s wishes, donations may be made to the Robert F. Panara Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Portrait of Robert F. PanaraOn His Deafness

My ears are deaf,

And yet I seem to hear

Sweet nature’s music

and the songs of man,

For I have learned

from Fancy’s artisan

How written words

can thrill the inner ear

Just as they move the heart,

and so for me

They also seem to ring out loud

and free,

In silent study, I have learned to tell

Each secret shade of meaning,

and to hear

A magic harmony, at once sincere,

That somehow notes

the tinkle of a bell,

The cooing of a dove,

the swish of leaves,

The raindrop’s pitter-patter

on the eaves,

The lover’s sigh,

the thrumming of guitar—

And, if I choose, the rustle of a star!

—Robert F. Panara