The National Technical Institute for the Deaf has become an international model for educating and preparing deaf students for technology-related careers. NTID at RIT is the only college in the world that offers deaf and hard-of-hearing students a variety of degrees in a wide range of technical and business fields.

NTID faculty and staff are experts in deaf-related fields, such as:

  • Education
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Interpreters
  • Sign Language
  • Research
  • Deaf Workers
  • Technology
  • C-Print
  • TTY, Pagers
  • Communication


RIT competed against eight other colleges for NTID to become part of the university. In 1968, NTID began providing deaf and hard-of-hearing students with outstanding technical and professional education programs, complemented by a strong liberal arts and sciences curriculum, that prepares them to live and work in the mainstream of a rapidly changing global community and enhances their lifelong learning.   

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