Collaboratory: NTID Alumni

Employment status of NTID Alumni through 2011

For almost 30 years the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) has collaborated first with the Internal Revenue Service and, during the past two decades, with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to conduct analysis of the employment status and earnings of its alumni. The goal of these studies has been to document the impact it has on the individuals who attend NTID.

These studies have demonstrated that an NTID education has significant economic benefits for graduates and effectively reduces the social cost of providing support for these disabled individuals. Conducted in collaboration with the SSA, the pages in this section report on the impact an NTID education has on the employment status, earnings, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) participation of its alumni through 2011.

The SSA followed strict confidentiality guidelines in providing NTID with information. No data about individuals who made up the pool of subjects were reported. NTID made no requests of individuals to furnish any information and no personal information on individuals by way of name or address was used in data analysis. The SSA makes disclosure of grouped information to RIT under authority found in the Privacy Act of 1974 as amended by U.S.C. Section 552a (b)(5): Section 552a (b)(5) states that disclosures may be made to a recipient who has provide the agency with advance adequate written assurance that the record will be used solely as a statistical and reporting record, and the record is to be transferred in a form that is not individually identifiable.