NTID Interior

Did you know that the National Technical Institute for the Deaf is the world’s first and largest technological institution for the deaf and hard of hearing community? As one of RIT’s nine colleges, NTID not only provides academic programs, but also special access services such as in-class ASL interpreters, cochlear implant support, and much more. Established in 1965, it was initially founded as a tuition-free school providing academic, communication and technical skills to 600 students annually. Several colleges around the nation made proposals to host NTID, but RIT was eventually chosen as its home in 1966. The NTID building was dedicated and named Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall in October 1974 to honor the late U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Public Law 89-36— also known as the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Act. The dedication ceremony is considered one of the most memorable events in RIT history.


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