National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Dean Dr. Gerard Buckley
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Stephen Aldersley
Associate Dean for Academic Administration Dr. Kathryn Schmitz
Interim Associate Dean for Student and Academic Services Dr. Linda Bryant
Faculty 196
Students 941[1]
Undergraduates 885
Postgraduates 56
Buildings Lyndon B. Johnson Hall

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (abbreviation: NTID) is a college at RIT that provides technical education to deaf and hard of hearing students.

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is the first and largest technological college in the world for students who are deaf or hard of hearing[citation needed]. As one of eight colleges within the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, NTID provides academic programs, access, ASL in-class interpreters and support services—including on-site audiological, speech-language, and cochlear implant support. As of winter quarter 2007, NTID encompasses 5% of RIT's enrollment, or about 799 students. There are also 492 deaf and hard of hearing students are cross-registered into another RIT college's program with support from NTID.

In addition to a master's degree in deaf education, NTID also offers a bachelor's degree program in ASL-English Interpretation.

It was created by an act of congress, receives federal appropriations for most costs, and is overseen by Department of Education.


It was created by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Act after several colleges bid to host it. In 1986 that act was superseded by the Education of the Deaf Act (EDA).

The Institute was established in 1965 by the passage of Public Law 89-36[2]. The law also established a National Advisory Group to find a suitable site for the school. The Advisory Group considered proposals from Illinois State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Southern California, the State University of New York, and others before deciding on RIT as its home in 1966.[3] Three factors helped RIT secure the responsibility for the new Institute:

  • RIT had just moved to a new campus, so the Institute would not find itself in second-hand quarters.
  • Rochester businessmen had enlightened views about disability in the workplace and were eager to share those views with the Advisory Group.
  • RIT had had a trustee, Edmund Lyon, who had served as President of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and as trustee of the Rochester School for the Deaf.

The Institute was originally conceived as tuition-free, providing technical training as well as academic and communication skills training to 600 students annually.[4]

NTID admitted its first students in Fall of 1968[5]. Its establishment initially caused a great deal of friction on campus between hearing students and deaf students and RIT faculty and NTID faculty, the points of contention centering around the construction of new buildings for NTID, whether or not NTID faculty salaries were more generous than those of their peers, and communication differences between American Sign Language and American English.[6]

In the early 1980s, NTID's enrollment spiked as deaf students from the "rubella bulge" of the mid-1960s entered their college years.[7] Enrollment has been trending higher again in recent years; NTID's 2008 enrollment was its highest ever at 1,450, easily surpassing the previous record of 1,358 set in 1984.[8]

In 1993, NTID established its Center for Arts and Sciences to help boost the numbers of undecided (or underprepared) students who stay on to pursue a baccalaureate degree.[9]. By 2005, this program had raised the proportion of NTID students in bachelor's degree programs to 41% (from 12% twenty years earlier).[10]


Date Donor Amount Donated Notes
2002[2] U.S. Department of Education More than $1 million Funded through two programs under the Dept. of Education: Demonstration Program to Ensure a Quality Higher Education to Students with Disabilities and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education.
2003[3] The Nippon Foundation $1.19 million


Year Name Position
1967-1968 Dr. D. Robert Frisina[4] Director
1968-1977 Dr. William E. Castle[4] Dean
1977-1979 Dr. William E. Castle[4] Dean, Director
1979-1982 Dr. Milo E. Bishop[4] Dean
1982-1984 Dr. Peter Pere[5][4] Dean
1985-1998 Dr. James J. DeCaro[4][6][5] Dean
1996-2003 Dr. Robert R. Davila[5][7] Vice President of NTID
1998-2003 Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz[4] Dean
2003-2009 Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz[4] Vice President for RIT, Dean
2009-2011 Dr. James J. DeCaro[6] Interim President of NTID
2011-Present Dr. Gerard Buckley[8] President of NTID, Vice President of RIT

Academic Departments

Degree Programs

These are the degrees offered by NTID:



To obtain skills necessary for a job-related or personal goal or for direct entry into the workforce; not intended to fit into a higher degree.

Associate of Occupational Science

To obtain knowledge and skills for direct entry into the workforce; usually not intended to fit into a higher degree.

Associate of Applied Science

To obtain knowledge and skills for direct entry into the workforce; usually not intended to fit into a higher degree.

Associate of Science

To obtain knowledge and skills for transfer to a higher degree program or for direct entry into the workforce.

Bachelor of Science


Master of Science

External links

See also


  1. NTID's 2012 Annual Report. Page 16. National Technical Institute for the Deaf. (December 10, 2012). [1]
  2. RIT News & Events - December 12, 2002
  3. RIT News & Events - February 13, 2003
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 History of National Technical Institute for the Deaf
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 August 7-30, 2011 correspondence with Maria Ocasio (via Christine Corrado).
  6. 6.0 6.1 Innovation Hall of Fame: James J. DeCaro
  7. RIT/NTID's Robert Davila To Retire This Year
  8. Gerard Buckley

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