This presentation is intended to raise awareness of deaf & hard-of-hearing individuals as qualified IT professionals and ease the sometimes awkwardness that arises around discussions about disabilities. It is designed to help attendees develop the sensitivity & skills to communicate effectively with deaf & hard-of-hearing co-workers, enable deaf & hearing colleagues to work together more productively, and assist in fostering a workplace culture of diversity & inclusion. Through interactive activities and specially designed materials, this presentation will create a fun, comfortable, and engaging atmosphere.
About Donna Lange: Donna is the Center Director and PI for the DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, an NSF Advanced Technological Education National Resource Center (award # 1902474). DeafTEC was established in 2011 at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of the nine colleges of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY. The Center serves as a national resource for high schools and community colleges that educate deaf and hard-of-hearing students in STEM-related programs and for employers hiring deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. The goal of DeafTEC is to increase the number of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in highly skilled STEM jobs where they are currently underrepresented and underutilized.