The sky is the limit for your Deaf or Hard of Hearing student! They are limited only by the dreams they have!
To quote I. King Jordan, “Deaf people can do anything, except hear.”
Your child has many options available to them after graduation. They can attend college, get a job, (please note this video is in BSL) attend a vocational school, and/or utilize community resources for additional help!
They will become role models and advocates for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing children following in their footsteps and be a valuable part of a very rich culture and history! We have included several websites to help you along the way.
“Able Flight’s mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance.”
“Independent Living empowers people with disabilities to exert their individual rights to live as independently as possible, make life choices, and achieve full community inclusion”.
Marion Technical College offers technical and vocational education to the Marion County area. The will provide an interpreter for your student to take classes. They also offer a limited set of vocational tracks for students with a special diploma. Marion Technical College will provide Sign Language Interpreters for their Deaf or Hard of Hearing students.
The College of Central Florida is another local option for your child seeking a college degree. Students can obtain their Associates of Arts or Associates of Science degree and have several options to obtain a Bachelors of Arts degree as well. The College of Central Florida will provide Sign Language Interpreters for their Deaf or Hard of Hearing students.
The Apartment Program is an Independent Living Learning Center for High School seniors and Continuing Education students from both the Deaf and Blind schools. Between four and six students live in each apartment, which includes bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms.
Students prepare breakfast and dinner in the apartments with assistance from staff members. Students often share cooking responsibilities with their apartment mates so that they do not have to cook every day. Collins House and Bloxham Hall house students who have already experienced the Apartment Program and want to continue building their skills while finishing academic goals.
Gallaudet University, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. Deaf and hard of hearing undergraduate students can choose from a wide variety of majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Gallaudet also offers scholarships of their own to attending students.
Chief among Gallaudet’s programs is the President’s Honors Distinction Scholarship which provides full tuition, room and board to eligible students who have been accepted into the college’s Honors Program. Other Gallaudet scholarships include the Provost’s Honors Distinction Scholarship ($12,000), the Provost’s Excellence Scholarship ($8000) and the Dean’s Prestige Scholarship ($6000).
“The NCOD provides communication access, leadership opportunities, scholarships and direct communication classes for approximately 150 students who are deaf and hard of hearing each year. Registering with the National Center on Deafness allows students to receive services such as interpreting, speech-to-text transcription, note taking, tutoring and academic advisement. You can also check out the complete list of events and job opportunities available at the NCOD.”
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT/NTID receive a world-class private university education at a public college price, unparalleled educational support services, dynamic academic programs that reflect the needs of the marketplace, and unmatched support in starting a career.
NTID administers a wide range of scholarships for their attending students, including the Barlow Endowed Scholarship, the Alice Beardsley Memorial Scholarship for Interpreting Students, and the Lillian M. Cowin Memorial Scholarship.
Pepnet 2 (pn2) is a federally funded project whose mission is to increase the education, career, and lifetime choices available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Pepnet 2 recognizes the full range of postsecondary education, training and employment options available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and strives to enhance the capacity of those institutions to appropriately serve this diverse population. Pn2 is a national collaboration of professionals with expertise in a broad array of content areas and a variety of environments, including research, technology, personnel development, media production, and technical assistance.
The mission of Project 10: Transition Education Network, hereinafter referred to as "Project 10," is to assist Florida school districts and relevant stakeholders in building capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.
Project 10 serves as the primary conduit between the Florida Department of Education, specifically the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS), and relevant school district personnel in addressing law and policy, effective practices, and research-based interventions in the area of transition services for youth with disabilities.
“Howard College offers career technical/workforce and academic courses for certificates and associate degrees, continuing education, remedial and compensatory education consistent with open-admission policies. Appropriate student services are also provided. Howard College strives to enhance economic, community, cultural, and personal development across the service area through appropriate partnerships and services in meeting its public service mission.”
The TLC THRIVE Program is the first step to providing excellent regular educational, developmental and social activities for young adults with special needs.
Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services for deaf and hard of hearing individuals that need assistance to meet the necessary requirements for a job or help finding an occupation. VR may also assist with vocational training or college. VR services may include financial assistance, employment planning, counseling, transportation, and job placement assistance. A VR counselor will determine eligibility for services.