Department News

RIT/NTID Professor Named White House ‘Champions of Change’ Honoree

Talila A. Lewis, a faculty member in the Liberal Studies Department at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, was one of nine disability advocates from across the United States selected as “Champions of Change” by the White House. A recognition event—which coincided with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act—was held in Washington, D.C.

Flanagan Paves the Way for Deaf Athletes

Skip Flanagan, a third-year RIT/NTID student majoring in Psychology, was born deaf, but he has used that as an advantage in life and as a first baseman for the RIT Tigers. More.

RIT/NTID Student Spends Interesession in Chile

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Marissa Polvere, an RIT/NTID student from Barrington, Ill., spent the January Intersession in Chile. Polvere, a Pyschology major, traveled to South America with 13 other RIT/NTID students to study the sign languages of Chile and other countries and to examine how rights for deaf people differ in that part of the world. More.

Public Service Award Winner

Rose Marie Toscano

Rose Marie Toscano, a professor in NTID's Department of Liberal Studies, has been named the 2014 recipient of RIT’s Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award.

Toscano began working at NTID in 1980 teaching English to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, a discipline that coincided with her background in teaching English as a foreign language. She has given back to the local, regional, state and national communities through volunteer work and council positions.

RIT/NTID student Abubakar Ali wins public service award

Abubakar Ali, an RIT/NTID Urban and Community Studies and International Studies double major in RIT's College of Liberal Arts, was named recipient of the Bruce R. James ’64 Distinguished Service Award for his service in the RIT community, in Rochester and in his native Somalia.

Ali, who was born in Somalia, helped establish the Somali Deaf Union, the first Somali organization for deaf individuals in his country. It later developed into the Somali National Association of the Deaf, and he served as its president.