NTID/RIT Lands Third Major Award To Lead Global Effort For Educating Deaf

Follow RITNEWS on Twitter The Nippon Foundation has awarded the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology $1.19 million to continue its leading role in improving education and career opportunities for deaf people around the world.

To date, The Nippon Foundation has awarded NTID $3.28 million to help colleges across the globe improve technological education for their deaf students through a program called Postsecondary Education Network International (PEN-International), conducted in partnership with Tsukuba College of Technology in Japan.

Deaf students attending specific colleges in Japan, China, Russia, and the Philippines will continue to benefit from PEN-International's expertise through improved curriculum, increased access, new technology, multi-media labs and trained faculty. This year, programs in Beijing and in Prague, Czechoslovakia, have been added to the growing list of PEN-International collaborators.

"Each country is in a different stage of educating deaf people at the college level. Each has its own set of goals," said James DeCaro, Ph.D., former Dean of NTID, and director of PEN-International. "Add to that mix each country’s unique written, spoken and signed languages, its own culture and technical knowledge, and it becomes a very exciting, multi-layered project."

For more information about PEN-International and its global partners, visit www.pen.ntid.rit.edu.

The first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, NTID, one of eight colleges within RIT, offers educational programs and access and support services to the 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the world who study, live and socialize with 14,000 hearing students on RIT's Rochester, N.Y., campus. Web address http://www.rit.edu/NTID.