The goal of DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, a
National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education National Center of Excellence,
is to successfully integrate more deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals into the workplace in
highly-skilled technician jobs in which these individuals are currently under-represented and
On a broad, national level, DeafTEC serves as a resource for high schools and community
colleges that educate deaf and hard of hearing students in STEM-related programs and for
employers hiring deaf and hard of hearing individuals. In addition to the Center located at the
National Technical Institute for the Deaf, there are programs in four states, one being Texas.
Each state has DeafTEC partners comprised of representatives from K-12 schools, Community
Colleges and Industry.
Training for teachers and staff in STEM areas:
The DeafTEC program provides training and resources for teachers and staff who work with
deaf and hard of hearing students in a variety of high school and college educational settings.
Training can be customized to meet the needs of a district, school, college, or specific group of
educators. Training is funded by DeafTEC at no cost to participants. Training emphasizes:
Training for employers in STEM areas:
The DeafTEC program also provides training to increase employers’ awareness of deaf and
hard-of-hearing individuals as potential employees and how they can be hired and successfully
integrated into the STEM technician workforce. Training is funded by DeafTEC at no cost to
Support for deaf and hard of hearing students in STEM areas:
The DeafTEC program also provides support for deaf and hard of hearing students by:
DeafTEC also provides a number of events for students, parents and vocational rehabilitation counselors upon request.