The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has been home to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) 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 (RADSCC), is centrally located on campus in the Community area of The Wallace Center. 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.
Whether it is an ASL class being taught in the RADSCC classroom, a presentation by a nationally-renowned speaker on Deaf culture, or a meeting hosted in RADSCC’s welcoming space, the Center is an ideal resource for the support of Deaf culture and heritage throughout the RIT community.
For more information, please visit the RADSCC website.