What is DeafTEC?
The goal of DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center of Excellence, is to successfully integrate more deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals into the workplace in highly-skilled technician jobs in which these individuals are currently under-represented and underutilized.
On a broad, national level, DeafTEC serves as a resource for high schools and community colleges that educate deaf and hard of hearing students in STEM-related programs and for employers hiring deaf and hard of hearing individuals. In addition to the Center located at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, there are programs in four states, one being Texas. Each state has DeafTEC partners comprised of representatives from K-12 schools, Community Colleges and Industry.
What does the DeatTEC program do?
Training for teachers and staff in STEM areas:
The DeafTEC program provides training and resources for teachers and staff who work with deaf and hard of hearing students in a variety of high school and college educational settings. Training can be customized to meet the needs of a district, school, college, or specific group of educators. Training is funded by DeafTEC at no cost to participants. Training emphasizes:
- classroom access strategies
- STEM career options
- STEM-focused writing and mathematics strategies
Training for employers in STEM areas:
The DeafTEC program also provides training to increase employers’ awareness of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals as potential employees and how they can be hired and successfully integrated into the STEM technician workforce. Training is funded by DeafTEC at no cost to participants. The DeafTEC program also provides support for deaf and hard of hearing students by:
- Increasing the career self-efficacy and career awareness of those students related to STEM
- technician careers
- Providing transition support for those students as they transition from high school to associate
- degrees to baccalaureate degrees, and beyond in selected STEM areas
Texas School for the Deaf and Austin Community College has partnered to host National Math Conference promoting deaf and hard of hearing students success in mathematics. Visit 2019 Math Conference for more information.
Who are the Texas Partners for DeafTEC?
- Texas School for the Deaf
- Austin Community College
- DOW Chemical and Lockheed Martin
How can training be provided in your area?
- contact Dr. Mei Kennedy for training for college faculty or industry.
- contact Theresa Johnson for middle or high school educators.
- Interpreters and/or speech to text services needed for training events will be covered by DeafTEC funds.
DeafTEC also provides a number of events for students, parents and vocational rehabilitation counselors upon request. You can find out more at DeafTEC.org.