RADSCC - About Us

RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center (RADSCC)

What is RADSCC?

RADSCC logo, painting by Nancy Rourke, RADSCC vertically up the side near hands of different colors.Rochester Institute of Technology has been home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf since 1968, when the first class of Deaf students enrolled in RIT's academic programs. In 2010, RIT and NTID partnered together to establish a Center on the RIT campus that provides a place for students, faculty, and staff to gather, interact, and learn about Deaf culture and heritage, as well as American Sign Language (ASL). That Center, the RIT ASL and Deaf Studies Community Center, is centrally located on campus. It offers a state-of-the-art classroom for teaching and learning, two offices, and a lounge area that promotes open and clear access to communication and interaction among Deaf and hearing peers and colleagues.

The RADSCC is committed to sharing information and resources regarding ASL and Deaf culture with the world. It supports diversity on campus by providing a comfortable, creative environment for interaction between Deaf and hearing people. It is a resource for local and international outreach activities that celebrate the achievements of the Deaf community and supports advocacy and education among Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing colleagues.

ASL and Deaf Studies classes are taught in the RADSCC, along with sponsored presentations by community, national, and international leaders in ASL and Deaf culture and heritage. Student organizations sponsor and participate in events, as well as gather for meetings in the Center. RIT faculty and staff stop in for ASL tutoring and practice. Hearing students taking ASL as part of their Modern Language program in the College of Liberal Arts also come to the RADSCC for ASL tutoring and practice.

The Rochester Deaf community is included in planning and participating in various Center-sponsored events. Various works of art by Deaf artists from the community and around the world are displayed. There are ongoing digital presentations of information, announcements of events and activities, and spotlights on specific events that celebrate achievements of Deaf people. The RADSCC will soon include an extensive archive of material related to Deaf art, Deaf history, Deaf people, Deaf culture, and technology.

Our mission is to share information, resources, and knowledge connected with American Sign Language and deaf culture. The Center supports the preservation of American Sign Language, and is a resource for community, national, and international outreach activities that enrich and celebrate the talents and achievements of the deaf community. Finally, we support advocacy and education for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing colleagues.

This is just the beginning! We hope to expand to become more than a classroom and meeting place:  to also become a full museum and archive, as well as community center that serves not only the RIT community, but the local Rochester community and national and international deaf communities as well.

Welcome Messages

Headshot of David Munson
Dr. David Munson, Jr., RIT President
“Welcome to the RADSCC! This outstanding resource brings together deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing people on the RIT campus and provides a place for them to learn together and socialize. I encourage everyone to take advantage of the resources the RADSCC offers as we celebrate all the ways in which our campus community is enriched through American Sign Language and Deaf culture.”

 

Headshot of Gerard Buckley
Dr. Gerard Buckley, NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean

Visit Us!

Map of RADSCC on the RIT campus

To see a larger campus-wide map, click here, and enter "asl" in the Search Map box (at the top left of that page). Use the left menu on campus-wide map to view parking and other locations on campus. Zoom out to view the RIT campus location within the general area.

Parking instructions for visitors:

  • Enter "visitor parking" in the larger campus-wide map to see visitor parking locations.
  • For parking weekdays before 5pm, go to the RIT Welcome Center to obtain a day pass to park on campus and to avoid receiving any "unregistered" citations/tickets. Enter "wel" in the larger campus-wide map to see the location of the Welcome Center.
  • Do not park in reserved parking spaces as they are heavily enforced during business hours.
  • After 5pm and on weekends, you may park in any parking areas except handicap spaces, roadways, and fire lanes.

FAQs

The Faculty and Staff Sign Language program (FSSL) offers a wide array of formal and informal sign language learning opportunities for NTID and RIT faculty and staff. The FSSL web site provides course descriptions and schedules. The program also offers ASL Group Instruction (AGI), which provides customized ASL training to meet the needs of your specialized environment.

The RIT Office of the Provost sponsors an annual Provost Summer Intensive American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Experience for selected RIT faculty/staff. This program provides an intensive three-week immersion program during the month of June.

RIT's Center for Professional Development (CPD) offers a variety of workshops and programs on deaf culture and language.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
RIT American Sign Language & Deaf Studies Community Center
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623  

If you have a question for us, or want to provide us with feedback about our website, services, or any other comments, we would love to hear from you!