Collaboratory on Economic, Demographic, and Policy Studies

Since NTID opened its doors in 1968, the proportion of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the U.S. attending college has quadrupled from about 12 percent of the deaf and hard-of-hearing college age population in 1972 to 47 percent in 2010.

However, beyond NTID graduates, little is known nationally about the effect this access to postsecondary education has had on the occupational status of persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. Answers to such questions guide the research to be pursued through the NTID Collaboratory on Economic, Demographic and Policy Studies.

Beginning with the role RIT/NTID has had in the lives of its alumni, the Collaboratory seeks to describe the demographic and economic conditions of the deaf and hard-of-hearing population of the United States, with emphasis on the impact education has on improving these conditions. Initially, projects will use administrative data from the Social Security Administration, the Bureau of the Census, and the Department of Education to define the status of the population of deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the United States, and will seek to collaborate with other organizations to meet its goals. Reports from these projects will be available on this site in addition to statistics about the demographiceconomic, and occupational status of persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.