Educational summer camps offered for deaf and hard-of-hearing students

Hundreds of students from 7th to 11th grade from across the country attend each year

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Camps for are planned this summer at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, where deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers will get hands-on experience building computers or other high-tech devices, learn which college majors and careers may be best suited for them and meet other campers from around the country while enjoying recreational activities.

Explore Your Future is a six-day career awareness program for college-bound high school sophomores and juniors who are deaf or hard of hearing. Students experience college life, enjoy hands-on activities and get a taste of real world careers in the fields of art, business, computing, engineering, health sciences and science. Two sessions of the camp are being offered this year: July 13–18, or July 20–25. Deadline to apply is April 30. For details, go to

TechGirlz and TechBoyz are six-day summer camps for deaf and hard-of-hearing girls and boys entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade and who are interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Campers build high-tech gadgets to take home, conduct experiments in a high-tech lab and more. Dates for these camps are July 28-Aug. 2, 2013. Deadline to apply is May 31. For details, go to or

And Steps to Success is a weekend mini-camp for 7th, 8th and 9th grade African American, Native American and Latino students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Campers enjoy hands-on career-related activities and meeting new friends. Dates for this camp is July 26-28. Deadline to apply is May 31. For details, go to

About NTID

NTID, one of nine colleges of RIT, was established by Congress in 1965 to provide college opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who were underemployed in technical fields. Today, 1,529 students attend NTID; more than 1,330 are deaf or hard of hearing. Others are hearing students enrolled in interpreting or deaf education programs. More than 100 interpreters, tutors and notetakers support students in and out of the classroom. Visit: