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Frequently Asked Questions about DiiT:


Who we are


The Deaf Initiative in Technology (DiiT) series of workshops provides computer and computer based training workshops in sign language to deaf and hard-of-hearing adults currently working or preparing to work in the Information Technology, Graphic Communications, or Business Studies fields. DiiT is funded by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology and supported by faculty in the Information and Computing Studies department, the Arts and Imaging Studies department, and Business Career Studies department.


Over 496 deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals have attended over 66 different DiiT workshops over the last 7 years in areas such as Graphic Communications, Information Technology, and Business. DiiT workshops are unique because they are designed for and offered only to deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals. We invite you to attend DiiT workshops.


Who Can Come?


Any deaf or hard-of-hearing adult now working, or preparing to work, in Information Technology, Graphic Communication, or Business is welcome to attend upon paying the registration fee.


All of our workshops are also open to high school teachers of deaf students, whether deaf, hard-of-hearing, or hearing. Since all workshops are offered directly in sign language, without interpreters, teachers who attend are expected to know sign language.


The workshops are a great opportunity for teachers of the deaf to learn in an environment with other deaf and hard-of-hearing Information Technology professionals.


What is included?


When you attend a DiiT workshop, you will receive:

  • Instruction by a NTID Information and Computing Studies, Arts and Imaging Studies, or Business Studies Department faculty member, all of whom sign for themselves; no interpreters are required.

  • Workshop materials
  • Lunch and refreshments during breaks.

Attendees pay for the workshop, travel, accommodations, and breakfasts and dinners. There are many hotels near the RIT campus that can meet your accommodation needs.


Notes: Conditions beyond our control may cause us to make changes in the workshops or cancel under-subscribed workshops.


How are the workshops taught?


Instruction will consist of student-paced classroom presentation, demonstration, and significant hands-on laboratory practice. Classes run daily from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM with an hour for lunch.


How do I register?


Register for workshops by completing the Registration Form and sending payment to the address indicated.

If you must cancel your registration, and you notify us at least two weeks before the starting date of the workshop, you will receive a 100% refund. If you cancel after that date, you will receive an 80% refund.

Please verify your registration via e-mail at before making non-refundable airline reservations.


Who sponsors the project?


You can obtain additional information about the sponsors of the project by clicking on the following links to their web sites.


National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)