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The National Institute for the Deaf

RIT Rochester Institute of Technology National Technical Institute for the Deaf

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of the 9 colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. We offer staffing solutions for companies: students and graduates who are qualified for careers in business, computing, engineering, graphic arts, science and liberal arts. Our students are required to complete co-op assignments varying in length depending on the field of study.  The NTID Center on Employment  offers employer services to help you recruit, hire and work successfully with our deaf students and grads. Visit their website at:

ADA Mid-Atlantic Center

Mid Atlantic ADA CenterThe Mid-Atlantic ADA Center is one of ten regional centers established to provide training, information, and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to businesses, consumers, schools, and state and local governments.

Funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (grant # H133A110017 ) under the U.S. Department of Education, each of the regional ADA centers has a toll-free line staffed by specialists who can answer specific questions on the ADA. Private businesses, individuals with disabilities, employers, architects, local government representatives, and other interested parties can call for advice and information on what is required, who is covered, and how to work through a disability-related question.

Callers also may order materials from the Center's extensive library of ADA and disability-related publications. Provided free or at low cost, these materials include the full regulations, technical assistance manuals, architectural guidelines, easy-to-read fact sheets and summaries, advice on how to make different types of businesses accessible to the public, and consultation on employment issues, such as reasonable accommodation. All materials are available in alternate formats such as large print, Braille, tape, and computer disk.

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center also works with its affiliates in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia to provide free or low-cost training programs to help employers, service providers and businesses understand and comply with the law. A training or presentation can be tailored to the interests of the audience, and can be a simple overview or an in-depth review of a particular area of the law.

Job Accommodation Network

JAN Job Accommodation NetworkThe Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace.

JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Those who can benefit from JAN’s services include private employers of all sizes, government agencies, employee representatives, and service providers, as well as people with disabilities and their families.

JAN represents the most comprehensive job accommodation resource available. From Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, JAN has served customers across the United States and around the world for more than 25 years. Its consultants are thought leaders and innovators on disability employment issues, and all have earned at least one Master's degree in their specialized fields, ranging from rehabilitation counseling to education and engineering.

The National Youth Transitions Center

National Youth Transitions Center - Because the Future Needs EveryoneThe National Youth Transitions Center (NYTC) exists because of a fundamental conviction: The Future Needs Everyone.  It thrives because it brings together individuals and organizations that share this commitment and want to multiply their impact.  We realize we are stronger together.

As a result, the NYTC is both a physical structure and the embodiment of a mission: to be a collaborative learning community to benefit youth and young veterans with disabilities. The Center, a seven-story building located in the midst of a university campus in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to the youth transitions field. It houses multiple tenants who have a successful track record of making a difference in the lives of young people with disabilities.

The National Youth Transitions Center offers access to three conference spaces to members of the Youth Transitions Collaborative, partners of the NYTC, and other organizations that offer transitions-related programming. 

The Center also houses the National Veterans Center, which brings together non-profit organizations that assist veterans with disabilities needing to transition into jobs or higher education.

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