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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cyber Community in STEM

The goal of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cyber-Community in STEM (DHH Cyber-Community) project is to use existing high bandwidth connections and human resources at and between universities to advance deaf and hard of hearing students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Jointly with the University of Washington, Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and Gallaudet University, the DHH Cyber-Community will create a technologically advanced infrastructure that will allow deaf and hard of hearing students to more easily pursue careers in STEM fields, increasing participation of deaf and hard of hearing students in STEM fields at all levels, from Bachelor's and Master's, to the Ph.D.

We are currently pursuing the following projects:

  • ASL-STEM Forum - an online video forum to encourage the discussion of ASL signs for science, technology, engineering, and math concepts.
  • ClassInFocus - an online multimedia classroom platform for students to access remote interpreters and captioners in a way that provides the best educational environment for STEM topics.

Other related projects:

Current Events

12/1/2009 - 3/1/2010 - We are now recruiting students at RIT to participate in a ClassInFocus study for one week of their regular classes!! Students earn $50 for participating. Interested? Email Anna Cavender at for more information.

3/10/2010 - Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing -- New Frontiers. This pre-conference is prior to the annual SIGCSE (Special Interest Group, Computer Science Educators) this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The pre-conference, Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing New Frontiers, will be on Wednesday, March 10, 2010.

This meeting will be the first opportunity for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community of Practice (DHHCoP), of the AccessComputing Alliance, to meet and explore ways to attract and retain more deaf and hard of hearing students in computing majors and for advanced degrees in computing fields. The outcome should be a set of action items for the DHHCoP to work on in the next few years. BY INVITATION ONLY, contact Robert Roth to inform him of your interest and background, and to join DHHCoP.

Past Events

10/28/2009 - ClassInFocus receives best student paper award at ASSETS 2009.

6/25/2008 - 6/27/2008 - The first annual DHH Cyber-Community Summit Workshop at Rochester Institute of Technology, home of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. The goal was to energize the DHH Cyber Community members including students, interpreters, captioners, sign language linguistic researchers, educational technology researchers, and cyber infrastructure experts. The workshop resulted in comprehensive recommendations from each stakeholder group. This summit is funding by the National Science Foundation.

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