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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Pushes Congress to Support $69 Million for Rochester’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf

December 7, 2015
Press Release
Nationally Renowned School Supports 1,400 Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students With A High-Quality College Education

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter is pushing congressional leaders to stand with the deaf community by including $69 million in support for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in its annual budget. Based in Rochester, NTID provides world-class educational opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the country—helping them to land jobs and advance their careers. Slaughter highlighted that support for NTID helps to increase employment for its students while decreasing their reliance on federal support programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Rep. Slaughter made the request in a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the powerful House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education as it considers priorities for next year’s budget.

“NTID is the world’s first technological college for deaf students. Providing a college education leading to jobs and career advancement for deaf and hard-of-hearing students from across the country, NTID is a federal program that works,” Rep. Slaughter wrote in the letter to congressional leaders. “The return on investment we realize from supporting the professional and technical education of young deaf Americans at NTID is profound, from their astounding employment rate to their impressive earnings to their decreased reliance on federal entitlements.”

To read Rep. Slaughter’s full letter to congressional budget writers, click here.

NTID supports more than 1,400 students and has an impressive job-placement rate of 94 percent. NTID graduates have a higher lifetime employment rate and higher earned income compared to students who graduate from similar institutions.

Congresswoman Slaughter has a long history of supporting Rochester’s deaf and hard-of-hearing community—the nation’s largest on a per-capita basis. The Rochester Institute of Technology honored Rep. Slaughter with their prestigious Presidential Medallion for her work on behalf of Rochester-area students, especially those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Congresswoman Slaughter secured a $425,000 grant addressing violence against women with disabilities, including the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Rep. Slaughter also announced an innovative partnership between NTID and Gallaudet University to increase the participation of the deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans in the healthcare industry.