Change through Dialog: Working Together to Improve Education and Employment for Deaf Individuals


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

TIME: 10:50 am - 12:20 pm, Honolulu 3, TAPA 



Target Audience

  • Postsecondary Educators
  • Professionals
  • Secondary Educators
  • Employment Specialists


Although deaf students are graduating from high school at record levels, there is still a significant gap in their college attainment and success in jobs after school. Deaf students face many barriers and challenges as they move from high school into college, training programs, and the workplace. There are long standing reasons for these challenges, including (a) limited access to language and communication, (b) reduced social opportunities, (c) negative attitudes and biases, and (d) lack of qualified and experienced professionals. There is no simple solution to these challenges, but we know that one thing is true: We must all work together to make sure that deaf students are ready to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to them.

The National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes (NDC) seeks to further understand how to support local communities as they build strategies for success for deaf individuals. NDC is a technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Our mission is to support postsecondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled, hard of hearing, or late deafened. NDC uses evidence-based strategies to educate and engage with stakeholders across the nation. Our goal is to support success in a way that recognizes and honors the experiences, perspectives, and strengths of deaf individuals.

One of the most important thing we recognize is that deaf population is incredible diverse, and so are the communities in which they live. There is no one size fits all approach that can be applied to all deaf students in all places. Every community is different, with their own history, access to resources, and diverse members.

The purpose of this session is to have a conversation about what is happening related to postsecondary success for deaf students in your community. We believe that change can only happen if everyone is involved. That includes you! This session will focus on discussing important questions about what is happening in your communities. What is important to share with others about the strengths in your schools, community centers, and workplace? Where do you see ways to make things better for young people, families, and professionals? Participants will engage in group discussions, exchange information among colleagues, and obtain resources and suggestions on how to put research findings to practice in their own contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Identify challenges deaf students may be facing in their contexts;
  2. Unpack root and related causes for those challenges;
  3. Identify strategic ways to mitigate the challenges to foster increased postsecondary attainment.
  4. Obtain resources and suggestions on how to put research findings from the National Deaf Center to practice.

Seminar Leaders

Photo: Dr. Carrie Lou Garberoglio

Dr. Carrie Lou Garberoglio is an educational researcher and evaluator affiliated with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin, and Associate Director of the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes  ( She also teaches research methods and statistics coursework at the University of Northern Colorado. Carrie Lou obtained her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Photo: Tia Ivanko

Tia Ivanko is a Technical Assistance Specialist at the National Deaf Center (NDC) on Postsecondary Outcomes ( She is responsible for providing evidence-based resources, guidance, and consultation to inquiring stakeholders as well as coordinating training and professional development opportunities from the Center.  She is a nationally certified interpreter, holds a Masters degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College, and a Bachelors of Science from Ithaca College.

Photo: Lisa Guerra

Lisa Guerra is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes. ( She is responsible for Engage for Change | local, a community model of bringing people together and promote stronger networks within local communities to provide quality access for deaf individuals. Lisa holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from The University of Texas at Austin.