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      Chris Atchison
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      Breaking Barriers
      Judy Vesel
      TERC, Cambridge, MA

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      Captions: Improving Access to Postsecondary Education
      Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)
      University of Washington

      Related Resources and Documents

      Thanks to the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Virtual Academic Academy, the following electronic resources have been provided to give information that will be of interest to the key stakeholders involved in STEM education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.


      Class Act – Contains a large amount of information intended to improve existing teaching practice regarding “access” to learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in postsecondary classrooms.

      Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cyber Community in STEM – The goal of this 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). Working jointly with RIT/NTID and Gallaudet University, the DHH Cyber-Commuynity at the University of Washington will create a technologically-advanced infrastructure that will allow deaf and hard-of-hearing students to more easily pursue careers in STEM fields.

      ClassInFocus – ClassInFocus is a system developed by Anna Cavender, a PhD student at the University of Washington, Seattle. The photos and videos at this site show two tests of ClassInFocus to provide remote interpreting and remote captioning to deaf students studying in the mainstream.

      ASL-STEM Forum – The ASL-STEM Forum is a web site for uploading science topic definitions and their signs, and to discuss them. It is open to anyone who wants to participate.

      CopyCat – With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, That Starner at Georgia Tech began to develop interactive tools, such as “CopyCat,” to make sign language easier to learn for both the deaf and the hearing communities.

      Project Solve – Designed specifically for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, this website was developed to assist students in solving math word problems. It includes arithmetic- and algebra-based practice problems.

      Deaf Studies Internet Resources – This listing includes links to resources in over 40 categories, including assistive technologies, interpreting, legal issues, captioning and media information, TTY and relay services resources, and much more.

      DeafTec – Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students

      Gallaudet University Workshop for Emerging Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scientists

      NTID Science Signs – This index was created to help locate articles, papers, publications, and information on interpreting, interpreting issues, sign language, deaf studies, deaf history and other related materials. It contains over 18,000 entries.

      ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide – This innovative dictionary shows 2,700 signs and how to use most of them in sentences.

      Signing Math & Science – TERC and Vcom3D are using the SigningAvatar(R) assistive technology to develop illustrated, interactive 3D standards-based sign language dictionaries that offer students in grades K-8 and 9-12 who are deaf or hard of hearing increased access to the same learning opportunities that hearing students enjoy.

      Best Practices in Mathematics – Enhanced Literature Review by Harry G. Lang and Ronald R. Kelly, researchers at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. In this review, the authors examined research studies, book chapters, and general articles that have implications for teaching mathematics to deaf learners. The paper is dated March 15, 2005.

      Best Practices – Science Education for Deaf Students by Harry G. Lang, Department of Research, National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. Some of the research studies in this review have specifically addressed instructional strategies, while others originally set out to examine such topics as multimedia and the use of adjunct questions in instructional prose. The research findings show strong support for the argument that the most efficacious instructional strategies are those that cognnitively engage deaf students. The report is undated.

      MSSE (Master of Science in Secondary Education) Methods and Materials for Teaching Science to Deaf Students – This site includes teaching strategies, information on developing literacy, curriculum development, Deaf scientists, classroom technology, classroom communication and a science signs lexicon.

      C-Print Speech-to-Text System – C-Print is a speech-to-text system developed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf as a communication access service option for some deaf and hard-of-hearing students in educational environments. It was developed by researchers to improve the classroom experience for students at both the secondary and college levels.

      NTID Department of Research and Teacher Education department – The mission of the Department of Research and Teacher Education at NTID is to improve the lives of deaf and hard-of-hearing people through research that can be applied in the classroom, workplace and society. The site includes information about the research program at NTID as well as the MSSE program. NTID’s Strategic Research Agenda is available through this site.

      PEPNet Resources, – PEPNet, a national network of four regional centers that provides resources, information, in-service training, and expertise to enhance educational opportunities for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families, is a partner on this project. Check out their resource section for tip sheets, newsletters, and other materials.

      The PEPNet Test Equity website offers video clips and printed documents exploring the problems, challenges, and issues that academic and psychoeducational tests pose for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The website is an outcome of PEPNet’s August 2008 Test Equity Summit. Participants in the summit included specialists on deafness and educational testing; individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing; test and test accommodation developers; language and communication researchers; academicians; K-12 educators and administrators; health professionals; and clinicians with extensive experience in psychoeducational evaluation.

      Stanford University – Stanford Captioning, examples of captioned web media.

      Resources on Remote Interpreting or Captioning

      About Video Remote Interpreting

      Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation. Video-Interpreting White Paper.

      An Inside Look: Providing Remote Interpreting Accommodations (PEPNet)

      SpringerLink (book chapter by Hiroki Minagawa, et al., 2002, “The User Interface Design for the Sign Language Translator in a Remote Sign Language Interpretation System”):

      Science Links Japan (article by Naito Ichiro, et al., 2003, “Some Aspects of Remote Sign Language Interpretation Services for Lectures”):

      Remote Sign Language Interpretation System (patent holder seeking collaborators or partners):

      “On-Demand” Remote Sign Language Interpretation (Kitch Barnicle, et al.):

      PEPNet FAQ on speech-to-text:

      Hewlitt Packard Labs (Simon Firth, “A Global Conference, Right at Your Desk,” 2009):

      Remote Interpreting or Captioning Service Providers

      University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Connections:

      Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Disability Support Services:

      Gallaudet University, Technology Access Program, links to communication services:

      Fluent Language Solutions:

      Sorenson Communication Services for the Deaf:


      Network Interpreting Service:



      Pine Tree Society:

      MEJ Personal Business Services, Inc.

      Sign Language Interpreting Services, Ltd.

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