Wednesday, September 07, 2005

NTID AT RIT REACHES OUT TO DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING HURRICANE VICTIMS

NTID AT RIT REACHES OUT TO DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING HURRICANE VICTIMS

Students can attend NTID at RIT


ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 5 – The National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology is offering assistance to deaf and hard-of-hearing college students affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Those students unable to enroll in college due to the hurricane can contact NTID at RIT for help, enabling them to maintain their progress toward completing their college degrees.

“NTID at RIT is reaching out to deaf and hard-of-hearing students affected by this terrible disaster,” said Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, RIT vice president and dean for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. “We will work with students on an individual basis to assist them with their educational needs.”

Although classes began Monday, Sept. 5th, RIT/NTID can continue to help students to enroll up until September 12.

“We are opening our campus and our hearts to those whose are experiencing this devastation, and helping them move on with their lives as quickly as possible,” Hurwitz said.

Because RIT is on a quarter-based academic calendar, students can complete fall classes prior to Thanksgiving. This will allow students attending RIT/NTID ample time to transfer back to their intended college in Louisiana or Mississippi this winter.

RIT is making financial aid available to students with financial need taking credit-bearing courses.

For more information on fall enrollment options for deaf and hard-of-hearing students affected by Hurricane Katrina, contact the NTID Office of Admissions immediately at 585-475-6700 (voice/TTY) or at NTIDAdmissions@rit.edu. More information about RIT’s response to hurricane victims is available at http://www.rit.edu/~930www/Proj/News/open.shtml.

The first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, NTID, one of eight colleges within RIT, offers educational programs and access and support services to the 1,100 deaf and hard-of-hearing students from around the world who study, live and socialize with 14,400 hearing students on RIT’s Rochester, N.Y. campus. Web address: www.rit.edu/NTID.
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