Raising and Educating a Deaf Child

International experts answer your questions about the choices, controversies, and decisions faced by the parents and educators of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

Question from C.P., New York

My niece is 27 years old. She graduated from her high school’s deaf and hard-of-hearing program at 21. She is profoundly deaf. She learned ASL when she came to live with us at 14. Prior to learning ASL she didn’t have a language base. She would like to attend RIT’s program for the deaf but we are a concerned with the requirements. It will be very difficult for her to take the SATs. As far as we understand the SAT is required. Any advice or suggestions that could be provided would be greatly appreciated.

Question from C.P., New York. Posted August 7, 2013.
Response from Rick Postl - NTID

There are several degree pathways at RIT (associate, associate + bachelor, bachelor at the undergraduate level), and admission criteria varies for each of RIT’s nine colleges.  NTID Admissions looks at many variables in facilitating an admission decision (SAT/ACT test scores, high school GPA, courses taken in high school, letter of recommendation, etc.).  In the test score sense, at minimum, the average accepted student into an associate degree program has a score of 15-16 on the ACT.  We accept students with lower and higher ACT scores into some of the associate degree program choices.  This link tells you what it will take to be admitted to a program of choice at all degree pathways: http://www.ntid.rit.edu/sites/default/files/colleges_admissions_requirements.pdf.

It is recommended, given your niece’s specific circumstances, to connect with Rick Postl, admissions counselor for New York, at Rick.Postl@rit.edu to begin a dialogue of options.  Admissions counselors for other states can be found at http://www.ntid.rit.edu/admissions/counselors.