2008 Summit

Fifty leaders in the field of support service provision for postsecondary deaf and hard-of-hearing students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from across the U.S. attended the "Summit" on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), in June 2008. The primary outcome of this conference was a report on the current state of online remote interpreting and captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Additionally, the principals prepared a recommendation report specifying the characteristics of a multimedia cyberinfrastructure to provide remote communication support for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstream STEM classrooms.

C-Print Speech-to-Text System

C-Print® is a speech-to-text (captioning) technology and service developed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology. The basis of C-Print is printed text of spoken English displayed in real time, which is a proven and appropriate means of acquiring information for some individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. In addition to educational environments, C-Print also can be used in business and community settings, and with individuals with other disabilities, such as those with a visual impairment or a learning disability.

Research, Technology
CAT Innovation Lab

The NTID Center on Access Technology Innovation Laboratory ("CAT Lab"), a first-of-its-kind initiative, provides a place for students to get involved in the innovation process. The CAT Lab is located on the first floor of NTID's Lyndon B. Johnson building, bringing together faculty and associate degree-level deaf and hard-of-hearing students to collaborate on multidisciplinary projects related to developing and adapting access and instructional technologies, health care technologies and services, and more.

For more information about the Center on Access Technology Innovation Laboratory, contact

Gary W. Behm
Engineering Studies Department
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Cisco Grant

Investigation of Cisco Technologies and Access Solutions - The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, following the recommendation of the Cisco Accessibility Team, granted the NTID Center on Access Technology a $100,000 awardt. Bill Clymer, Interim Director of the Center on Access Technology, was PI, and Gary Behm and colleagues from NTID and the other RIT colleges provide a team of experts to consider the application and adaptation of the ways in which CISCO products can benefit communication access for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. The three research strands are

  • examine the state of the art and provide recommendations related to 911-411-211 telephone response systems
  • evaluate possible use of avatars to enhance direct communication support for deaf and hard-of-hearing users
  • evaluate Cisco TelePresence technologies for classroom and remote communication for deaf and hard-of-hearing users
Outreach, Technology
Deaf STEM Community Alliance  Logo Letters DHHVAC

Deaf STEM Community Alliance - Supported by the National Science Foundation (HRD-1127955), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, Camden County College, and Cornell University are constructing an on-line community to support the learning needs of students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Outreach, Technology
NSF Enrichment Grant

The National Science Foundation awarded the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) a $199,585 eighteen-month Enrichment grant to investigate the creation of a virtual support network for deaf/hard-of-hearing college students around the country enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. The project, Testing the Concept of a Virtual Alliance for Deaf and Hard of Hearing STEM Students at the Postsecondary Level, began on September 1, 2009 and concluded on February 28, 2011. The grant was used to plan for a "virtual alliance" to support and connect STEM students through a cyberinfrastructure never before available.

Development, Outreach, Research
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Pre-College Education Network (P-CEN) - is the evolution of the PEN-International approach to enhancing deaf education in developing countries through the use of wide networks of motivated and dedicated faculty and administrators of local and regional programs supporting deaf students. The target area for this focus will be pre-college programs, initially in the Philippines and Viet Nam. The College of St. Benilde in the Philippines will become the ASEAN hub of regional cooperation in terms of pre-college education for Deaf and hard of hearing students. Through CSB, P-CEN will support the establishment of programs for pre-college deaf students in affiliated countries between years one and five of the project.

Development, Outreach
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Secondary Educational Enrichment for Deaf Students – International: Sowing the SEEDS of Cross-Cultural Understanding (SEEDS-International) is the first-of-a-kind pilot program that provides global learning opportunities and cultural awareness for deaf high school students, a historically under-served population. Delegations of students, faculty, and sign language interpreters from both schools participate in videoconferences, local cultural classes, journaling, week-long reciprocal school visits, and capstone presentations about their experiences to assemblies at their home schools.