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Health Care Career Website Unveiled

9 May

A new website dedicated to providing centralized information for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals interested in health care careers is now online to help them explore the possibilities of a health care career, advocacy and the law, job outlooks and access technology available to help them succeed.

Health Care Careers for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community” was developed in collaboration with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology, Gallaudet University, University of Rochester/National Center on Deaf Health Research, and Rochester General Health System.

The website came as a result of the Task Force on Health Care Careers for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community, formed in 2012. The group met regularly to help identify barriers which may prevent deaf and hard-of-hearing students from considering careers in the health care field. Proportionately fewer deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals are employed in the health care professions than hearing workers, and when they are employed, they are in positions that require less education.

The health care industry is expected to increase 22 percent and generate 3.2 million new jobs through 2018, more than any other employment sector, said James DeCaro, who helped establish the task force when he was interim president of NTID. He remains actively involved as co-chair of the NTID Health Care Implementation Commission.

“One of the major gaps identified by the task force was that there was little centralized information that could be used by parents, educators and other professionals working with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, educational institutions, health care employers as well as students themselves, about the possibilities that exist for them in health care,” said task force co-chair Rose Marie Toscano. “There was also a need to highlight what deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals are doing within the health care field and how successful they have been.”

The website includes profiles of successful deaf and hard-of-hearing doctors, nurses, professors, lab technicians, and researchers to help inform others about deaf and hard-of-hearing people who have already paved the road in health care.

It also includes information about the range of career options available in the health care field and how interested deaf and hard-of-hearing students might be able to prepare for these potential careers. Information about access technology is provided to help people understand how deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals are able to use various technologies such as a graphic auscultation stethoscope to be able to succeed at their health care jobs.

Examples of various degree programs being offered by institutions that are dedicated to educating deaf and hard-of-hearing students are included to help interested students identify potential degrees that they might be interested in pursuing. And information about anti-discriminatory policies remind everyone that qualified deaf and hard-of-hearing people are entitled to reasonable accommodations that would allow them to find and keep jobs in the health care field. 

“The website collects all this valuable information in one easily accessible location to make it easier for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to begin and continue on their paths to successful careers in the health care field,” said Dr. Scott Smith, an NTID Health Care Commission member, developmental pediatrician and assistant professor at the University of Rochester. 

RIT Named Among Nation’s Leading ‘Green Colleges’

2 May

For the fourth consecutive year, RIT has been named one of North America’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review. The company’s 2014 Guide to 322 Green Colleges evaluates colleges and universities on environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. More.

RIT Breaks Ground on New Clinical Health Sciences Center

16 Apr

RIT broke ground on the new Clinical Health Sciences Center on April 11, 2014, which will be home to RIT's College of Health Science and Technology, a primary care clinic and the recently announced Wegmans School of Health and Nutrition. Construction will begin this month on the 45,000-square-foot facility expansion, which is scheduled to open in fall 2015. More.

RIT/NTID Students Spend January Intersession in Chile

13 Apr

A dozen students from NTID spent much of January’s intercession in Chile, learning about its history, culture, politics and Chilean Sign Language.

A dozen students from NTID spent much of January’s intercession in Chile, learning about its history, culture, politics and Chilean Sign Language.

A dozen students from Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf spent much of January’s intercession in Chile, learning about its history, culture, politics and Chilean Sign Language.

“By the end of the trip, we all were conversing with one another in Chilean sign, American Sign Language and Spanish,” said Denise Kavin, an NTID faculty member and the liaison between NTID and RIT’s study abroad programs. “Yes, it was confusing, but oh, so cool.”

The students prepared for their trip with a 15-week course about Chile. Then, as Rochester embarked on a cold, snowy January, the group – including two interpreters and three faculty members – flew to Santiago.

“We had 85 degrees every day while Rochester had subzero temperatures,” said Michael Stein, a faculty member in NTID’s liberal arts program. Stein, who previously lived in Chile for a year, helped plan the trip.

“We focused on getting to know the Chilean deaf community, to learn more about deaf rights there and to expand cultural awareness,” Stein said. “For many of our students, it was the first time they had traveled abroad.”

The group visited schools and beaches, sampled exotic foods and shared their experiences with deaf Chilean students.

The course, “Chile and the Deaf Community” is expected to be offered to students in the fall, with a two-week trip planned in January 2015. A trip to Costa Rica is planned this June, and eight RIT/NTID students took a photography course as part of the Deaf Studies program at the Siena School in Siena, Italy, last summer.

“RIT is committed to creating more study-abroad programs," Kavin said. The students earned six credits for their study and travel.

“If you ever want to travel to another country, grab the opportunity,” said Hugo Perez, a civil engineering technology major from Los Angeles.

RIT’s Saunders College Cited In Business School Rankings

11 Apr

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

RIT's Saunders College of Business is recognized in the top 100 programs listed in the Best Undergraduate Business Schools 2014 rankings by Bloomberg Businessweek. More