NTID has established its first NRSC in the Southeast in November 2016 in partnership with the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, to expand the geographic reach of activities and services supported by NTID, with the goal of improving access to postsecondary STEM education and employment for deaf and hard of hearing students.

The region served by NRSC includes nine Southeastern states: 

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

The Center's activities focus on:

  • Providing professional development for middle and high school teachers
  • Developing relationships with business and industry to promote employment opportunitites and;
  • preparing postsecondary students to be successful in STEM

Goals and Objectives

The NRSC achieves its' goals of improving access to postsecondary STEM education and employment for deaf/hh students by:

  • Improving the understanding that middle and high school students, teachers, counselors, and vocational i rehabilitation (VR) counselors have of opportunities for deaf/hh individuals in STEM careers. 
  • Improving the instructional and technical skills of high school teachers in STEM areas.
  • Establishing, expanding, and improving pathways for deaf/hh students to transition from high school to associate degrees, to baccalaureate degrees, and beyond in STEM areas. 
  • Improving access to learning for deaf/hh students who may be in mainstreamed classes, with or without support and access services.
  • Developing employers' awareness of deaf/hh individuals as potential employees and how they can be hired and successfully integrated into the STEM workforce. 
  • Improving the STEM knowledge and sign language skills of American Sign Language interpreters.

Audiences and Activities

The Center's outcomes are realized by providing activities for the following five audiences:

  1. Students. For middle school students, activities that.introduce them to STEM programs and careers which help inform their academic and career decisions at this early age. For high school students, career exploration and college preparation programs, along with STEM dual credit courses help them transition from high school to college. 

    In addition, co-activities are offered to parents since they often exert a strong influence on their children's academic and career decisions. While their children attend STEM activities, parents learn about the opportunities in STEM and the support and access services that help their child succeed in school. 
  2. Teachers. Professional development workshops are offered to teachers on best practices for teaching deaf/hh students, including workshops on improving access to learning in the classroom, strategies for teaching math, and incorporating more writing in STEM classes. Training for high school teachers who teach NTID dual credit STEM courses at their schools focus on mastering NTID's advanced course content, and both teachers and school counselors learn about opportunities for deaf/hh students in STEM careers. 
  3. Employers. Workshops are offered to help employers develop the sensitivity for deaf and hearing colleagues to work together successfully. NRSC also works to establish industry partnerships that provide career awareness activities and intership opportunities for deaf/hh students that help transition them from school to work.
  4. Secondary School Interpreters. Professional development are offered to interpreters on best practices for middle and high school STEM interpreting to improve students' access to learning in STEM classes. 
  5. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. VR counselors can be influential in determining what and where deaf/hh students study. Workshops and materials are provided to these professionals so they can provide their deaf/hh consumers with the best advice related to opportunities in STEM education and careers THe NRSC also partners with State VR Offices to assist them in meeting requirements of the Pre-Employment Training Services (PETS) provision of the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA} for their deaf/hh consumers. 

For STEM resources. Go to www.deaftec.org