RIT/NTID Parents and Families

Whether you are a family member of an incoming student or of a current Tiger, you are our partner and a valued member of the RIT/NTID family. Together, we support your student’s success, and we're here to connect you with the information and resources you need.

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Services Available for Students

Access Services and Support

RIT provides one of the most accessible education communities in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, including captionists, notetakers and the largest staff of sign language interpreters in the world.

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Audiology and Speech/Language Services

Your student never has to leave campus for audiological and speech/language services. On-site audiologists provide services related to hearing and hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive devices. Speech-language pathologists also offer a broad range of speech and language services to assist your student.

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Counseling and Academic Advising Services

Students have access to a unique array of educational support services, including experienced faculty tutors, personal and career counseling, and academic advising. All faculty and staff are skilled at working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students of all communication modes.

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NTID Co-op and Career Services

Employment specialists in the NTID Co-op and Career Center will work with your deaf or hard-of-hearing student throughout their time at RIT. Services include advising and assisting with job search preparation.

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Public Safety

RIT has made sure its campus is safe and accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. This includes specially designed dorm rooms, including strobe fire alarms and doorbells, and visual emergency warning systems present in all academic buildings. RIT Public Safety is easily accessible by phone, text, and blue light security call boxes located around campus. TigerSafe is the official safety app of RIT and provides instant access to campus safety resources.

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RIT/NTID Student Life

With more than 300 student clubs and organizations supporting 13,000+ on- and off-campus events, your student is going to find something fun—and make some friends along the way.

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Parent Volunteer Information

Are you the parent of a current RIT/NTID deaf, hard-of-hearing, or interpreting student? Do you want to get more involved and help reach out to other parents and families of prospective and current students? We’re always looking for current parents who are interested and motivated in supporting our efforts!

How would you like to be involved?
Plan with us to host a small gathering at your home, a coffee shop, or other local spot.
This could include guest writing for the parent newsletter, suggesting content other parents would be interested in, or helping with the parent Facebook page.
Work with us to reach out to other parents to connect and help welcome them to the RIT/NTID family.
Have other ideas about connecting with parents? Let us know!

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