Hiring RIT/NTID deaf and hard-of-hearing co-op students and graduates can give your businesses a competitive advantage by bringing today's high-tech skills and diversity to the workplace. Our employment specialists have the experience and skills to assist you with your employment needs.
Get tips for interviewing and working with a deaf or hard-of-hearing person, including common workplace accommodations. Find out about the rigorous academic programs that prepare students with state-of-the art skills. Post a job on our job search page. Curious about RIT’s nationally recognized co-op program and what that means for you and your student hire? Interested in workshops that will help your company integrate deaf employees into the workforce?
It's easier than you think!
The NTID Center on Employment (NCE) is ready to work with you before, during, and after the hire of a deaf or hard-of-hearing person. It's easier than you think.
Our co-op students and graduates possess the skills necessary to effectively do the job and are trained in state-of-the-art processes on the latest equipment in high demand technical fields.
Take a minute and view our video titled I Can Work for You. It showcases some of our satisfied employers and successful graduates, a wonderful combination.
Working Together: Deaf and Hearing People is an interactive, experiential workshop that fosters the sensitivity and skills for deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing colleagues to work together successfully, leading to increased productivity for all. This two and a half hour workshop is for supervisors and co-workers, human resources personnel, and equal employment opportunity and affirmative action professionals and will cover these topics:
Understanding Hearing Loss and Deaf Employees
Communication on the Job
Strategies to Help You Integrate Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Employees Into the Workplace
Accommodations for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Employees
Request a Workshop
To inquire about on-site workshops, or tailoring training to your organization's needs, contact the NTID Center on Employment at (585) 475-6219 (V/VP) or (585) 475-7570 (Fax).
Over 700 students from all over the U.S. and other countries specialize in programs that graduate highly skilled hands-on technicians who can hit the ground running in your organization. Select one of NTID's Associate Degree Programs below to download a program overview in PDF format. No matter where your business is located, NTID can help you find skilled people at the technician level.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic precautions, NTID will not be hosting a Fall 2020 Career Fair. We are still available to help connect you with our students and alumni through other activities such as virtual interviews, employer information sessions and roundtables, and more. We look forward to continuing to work with you!
NCE staff travel nationwide to network, make presentations and exhibit at venues where employers gather, in order to develop employment opportunities for co-ops for students and jobs for graduates.
We welcome information about conferences or exhibiting opportunities where NCE staff could speak on behalf of well-qualified, highly trained deaf and hard-of-hearing students and graduates and the diversity they bring to the workplace. If you know of such opportunities, please contact NCE.
NTID co-op and graduate students are well trained, highly skilled candidates who are ready to work. To learn more about our co-op program and graduates, please expand the sections below.
Over 700 students specialize in programs to become hands-on technicians. No matter where you are located, you can look to NTID to fill a need for hard-to-find skilled people at this level.
Some 400 students pursue Bachelor's and Master's degrees to enter a variety of professions, and possess the skills to effectively do the job in high-demand technical fields.
You can join the ranks of top-performing employers who have found that their competitive advantage is advanced by the diversity of their organizations.
NTID Center on Employment is a resource for businesses and industries wishing to hire deaf and hard-of-hearing people. The center provides workshops to foster successful work relationships, access to a personnel pool that matches staffing needs, consultations and materials regarding accommodations, and visits to co-op employers.
RIT is a nationally recognized leader in cooperative education. All RIT/NTID programs, including those at the associate degree level, include mandatory or optional cooperative work experiences (co-op), or some other form of experiential education, such as field placements or internships. RIT/NTID requires no formal agreement with employers to establish a co-op hiring relationship.
Why should I hire a co-op student?
Co-op students can fill a variety of short-term staffing needs from temporary to flexible work blocks.
Co-operative work experiences provide an opportunity to evaluate potential employees on a short-term commitment basis.
Co-op students bring new ideas into your organization.
Hiring an RIT/NTID co-op student enables you to diversify your workforce.
How does co-op work?
Students work full-time for at least 10 weeks in a job related to their program of study.
Employers establish the same job requirements for co-op students as other employees and complete a job performance evaluation form.
Does NTID provide any oversight for the student?
NCE arranges visits to selected co-op students and supervisors to improve our services to both.
How can I hire a deaf or hard-of-hearing student?
It's easy. All you need to do is request candidates and tell us about your staffing needs.
Deaf and hard-of-hearing people can use the telephone through a variety of technologies. These technologies are available to you at no cost and are easy to use. All you need is your telephone, mobile device, or teleconference capability.
We recommend that you first email the candidate to schedule a time for the phone interview. You may want to consider letting the applicant call you for the actual interview so he or she can select the telecommunications technology that works best for him or her. In this way your interview experience will go as smoothly as possible.
Communicating with deaf or hard-of-hearing employees is easier than you might think. When meeting deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals for the first time, it is acceptable to ask them how they prefer to communicate with you. In this era of electronic devices, you could communicate via computer, iPad, iPhone, or other device where information can be entered and shared. For more information about communicating with an employee or interviewee who is deaf or hard of hearing, see Communication Strategies, and Group Situations and Meetings.
Sign Language Interpreters
Sign language interpreters facilitate communication between hearing people who don’t know sign language and deaf or hard-of-hearing people who use sign language. Situations that may require an interpreter are: employment interviews, orientations, training and large meetings, as well as when meeting with a supervisor about work performance. To find sign language interpreters in your area, see the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Video Remote Interpreting
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) uses an off-site interpreter to facilitate communication between deaf and hearing people who can either be all together in a meeting room or in a one-to-one situation. To find information about VRI services, visit the Job Accommodation Network.
There are various types of relay services. Telecommunications relay services provide telephone service that allows hearing and deaf and hard-of-hearing people to communicate with each other. Telecommunications relay services are available in all U.S. states and territories for local and/or long distance calls at no additional cost to the consumer.
Video relay services (VRS) enable deaf or hard-of-hearing people who use American Sign Language and some deaf people who use their voice to communicate through video equipment such as videophone, smartphone or computer.
A) Using Sign Language
Videophone (VP): Using an internet connection, deaf or hard-of-hearing people can make or receive video relay calls.They sign directly to the video relay service (VRS) interpreter, who speaks what is signed to the hearing person. The interpreter signs the hearing person's responses to the deaf or hard-of-hearing caller.
Smart Phone/Tablet: On a smart phone or a tablet, deaf and hard-of-hearing people can communicate with either a hearing or a deaf person.
Computer: Whether a deaf person has a PC or a Mac, a desktop or a laptop computer, if it has a webcam, she or he can download free software from video relay service (VRS) providers of his or her choice. This enables them to make or receive video relay calls to or from hearing callers in the same manner as above.
NOTE: Deaf or hard-of-hearing people who use sign language can use these various technologies to call each other directly.
B) Using Voice
Videophone (VP) uses an internet connection with which a deaf individual can use his or her voice to speak directly to the person they are calling. The interpreter signs the hearing person's responses which the deaf person can see on a videophone monitor.
Voice Carry Over is a technology that allows people to speak directly to the person they are calling, then read that person's response on a display on their phone, videophone, tablet or computer.
Web-captioned telephone is a web-based service that allows the callers to phone someone and also read real-time, word-for-word transcriptions of their calls on a computer monitor or laptop. It is used by deaf or hard-of-hearing people who prefer using their own voice aided by technology to communicate by phone.
Captioned Telephone, such as a Captel phone, has a built-in screen that displays in text everything being said by the other person.
C) Using Text
Online Relay (includes tablets, smart phone. etc.): The online relay service allows deaf or hard-of-hearing people to use a computer or other device to type a text message. When a hearing person is speaking, the operator is typing what he or she says so the deaf or hard-of-hearing person can read it. The relay operator also reads what the person types to the hearing person.
Notetaking is a common accommodation that can be used in a variety of situations such as everyday meetings or last minute meetings in the workplace when an interpreter is not available. Notes can be typed on a computer or laptop, and projected onto a screen, if that technology is available in the meeting room.
Visual alerting technology such as adoorbell, smoke alarm, telephone andweather alertsignalers all can bring information about sounds that need to be brought to the deaf or hard-of-hearing individual’s attention.
If you have hired deaf or hard-of-hearing employees in your organization, or if that’s an area you want to explore, Working Together: Deaf and Hearing People is an excellent resource for you. This two-and-one-half-hour, award-winning workshop is conducted by employment professionals from the NTID Center on Employment to help create a workplace environment for both deaf and hearing workers that encourages communication and helps all employees realize their full potential.
Through hands-on activities, small group discussions and specially designed materials, the workshop presenters will create a fun, comfortable and engaging atmosphere in which these topics will be covered:
Understanding Hearing Loss
Communication on the Job
Strategies to Help You Integrate Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Employees into the Workplace
Accommodations for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Employees
Who should attend Working Together?
Supervisors or co-workers of deaf and hard-of-hearing employees
Human resource staff and recruiters
Equal employment opportunity, diversity and disability hiring professionals
Request a workshop
To inquire about on-site workshops or tailoring training to your organization's needs, contact the NTID Center on Employment at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 585-475-6219 (voice/videophone), by fax at 585-475-7570.
The Working Together: Deaf & Hearing People online course is designed to help employers develop the sensitivity and skills to communicate effectively with deaf and hard-of-hearing employees, enable deaf and hearing colleagues to work together more productively, and assist in fostering a workplace culture of diversity and inclusion. It is called Working Together because it is about working relationships. The five self-paced modules in the course will cover topics on Myths and Definitions, Hearing Loss, Deaf Culture, Communication, and Accommodation and Inclusion in the Workplace. This information can benefit employers, co-workers, HR business leaders, and other inclusion/diversity professionals.
To inquire about on-site workshops or tailoring training to your organization’s needs, contact the NTID Center on Employment at email@example.com, by phone 585-286-4155 (V/VP), or by fax at 585-475-7570 or fill out the online form.