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Deaf/HH Hub of Excellence

The University of Rochester and Rochester Institute for Technology have a demonstrated history of partnering to advance the opportunities for D/HH students at both institutions as well as in the greater Rochester NY community.  Researchers at RIT/NTID have concluded, “with some certainty,” that Rochester has the largest D/HH per capita population in the country among those ages 18 to 64.

We have an unparalleled spectrum of resources for D/HH individuals including NTID at RIT and the Rochester School For The Deaf in the community, and at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, the Deaf Wellness Center and the National Center for Deaf Health Research, a Prevention Research Center supported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for more than 10 years.

Rochester’s academic institutions and community are dedicated to advancing the educational and career opportunities of D/HH individuals as part of a larger initiative to become a National Center of Excellence promoting these efforts. Since 2013, the UR and RIT have partnered through a training grant from NIGMS to facilitate the transition from master’s degree programs at RIT to Ph.D. programs the UR called “Bridges to the Doctorate for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students”. Our new training program “Rochester Partnership to Advance Academic and Research Careers of Deaf Scholars” builds on this initiative by providing mentored training in research and education tailored to the individual postdoctoral fellow’s research interests and career goals