The Rochester Institute of Technology American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC) opened last week in the heart of RIT’s campus. The center was established to provide a comfortable and creative space for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing students to come together, interact and share their thoughts and ideas. Sign language classes will also be held there. Read more.
Rochester Institute of Technology administrators are gaining a new perspective on the student campus housing experience. Twenty RIT decision makers, including RIT President Bill Destler and NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerry Buckley, are participating in the Student Government’s “REAL RIT Challenge”—a three-day, two-night immersion experience in the RIT apartments. RIT’s newest “students” have had to master campus transportation—learning how to figure out shuttle bus schedules to arrive at campus on time, as well as to off-campus excursions to local retail destinations. Participants are still attending work, but all free time must be spent interacting with students.
This is the second time that RIT Student Government has offered the program. Two years ago, the program focused on living in the residence halls with roommates. This year, the program draws attention to the experience of students living in on- and off-campus apartments, with an emphasis on using campus and public transportation.
Take a look at the grand opening celebration of the new Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT. The center becomes the home and permanent archive for the work of international designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli.
The Vignellis created the New York City subway signage, the interior of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City, the corporate identity programs for Xerox and American Airlines, and packaging programs for Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue, to name just a few of their designs.
The center will serve as a hub for design education, scholarship and research, expanding the scope of the programs offered through RIT’s School of Design. The school offers degree programs in Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, New Media Design and Imaging and Computer Graphics Design.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students have many options for securing financial assistance for college: Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability Insurance, Vocational Rehabilitation, federal and state grants, tax credits, student and parent loans and scholarships. Learn more about these options.
The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is the world's first and largest technological college for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is one of eight colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), a privately endowed, coeducational university that is student centered and career focused.
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