Campus: CSU Northridge -- October 16, 2002
CSUN Center Awarded $900,000 Federal Grant for
Innovative Program to Educate Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
Cal State Northridge's National Center on Deafness (NCOD) has been awarded
more than $930,000 by the federal government for an innovative program
that helps educate deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The center was awarded the three-year student empowerment grant by the
U.S. Department of Education earlier this month for "Rights, Roles
and Responsibilities of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students," known
3R is a model demonstration project designed to provide professional
development and training for faculty and administrators working with
deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Using a combination of program staff and a trained core of students
from the "big three" universities that serve deaf and hard-of-hearing
students — Cal State Northridge, Gallaudet University and the
National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) — 3R will provide
teachers and administrators with innovative teaching methods and strategies
for working deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
"3R is an exciting opportunity for CSUN to work with NTID and Gallaudet
in order to promote student leadership development among deaf and hard-of-hearing
students," said NCOD director Merri Pearson. "Student empowerment
and collaboration across the nation has always been foremost in the
minds of the leaders of NCOD. Now we have a vehicle to do it."
Students from the "big three" campuses will eventually meet
at CSUN to create a body of empowerment materials. The collected information
will be used to develop a variety of training activities and materials
for staff development.
Participating students will learn leadership skills and be provided
information on their roles, rights and responsibilities. They will also
learn realistic ways of fostering sensitivity awareness in an educational
environment and creative uses of technology and resources so they can
The students will then co-present the training materials with project
staff to faculty, administrators and other students at five test sites.
A Web site also will be established with online interactive training
resources, related events, links and an online chat room so student
leaders can conduct long-distance collaboration.
Project materials include 20 training modules, a CD-ROM, a best practices
manual, e-mail technical assistance, conference presentations and training
packages for postsecondary students.
"The NCOD will be able to expand its efforts in student leadership
and empowerment through collaborating with the other two nationally-known
universities that provide educational opportunities to deaf and hard-of-hearing
people," Pearson said.
The National Center on Deafness has placed California State University,
Northridge at the forefront internationally in the provision of services
to people who are deaf and have other disabilities. Specifically, NCOD
has been honored for service to the campus and community, as well as
for its specialized projects and materials used across the nation.
The National Center on Deafness' nationally recognized support system
of note takers, tutors and interpreters allows CSUN's approximately
250 deaf and hard-of-hearing students to take a full part in university
CSUN's population of deaf and hard-of-hearing students is one of the
largest at any mainstream university in the United States. The university
was among the first to offer services to mainstream these students,
beginning 40 years ago.
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler, (818) 677-213, firstname.lastname@example.org