The Regional Resource Center on Deafness is housed in the College of Education along with the Divisions of Deaf Studies and Professional Studies, Teacher Education, and Health and Exercise Science. For over 50 years we have been writing grants to support students in fields such as interpreter training, deaf and hard of hearing education, and rehabilitation counseling. Grant awards from the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) allow us to provide over $620,000 each year in stipends and tuition remissions for students in our undergraduate ASL/English Interpreting Program, our graduate level Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program, and our month-long Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults certificate program. 

In addition to student support, we also provide outreach and technical assistance to interpreters through the Western Region Interpreter Education Center (a part of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers, funded by RSA), and to adult settings such as colleges and vocational rehabilitation programs that are unfamiliar with providing access to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf with co-occurring disabilities through a contract with Pepnet 2.

News and Announcements


The RRCD is conducting a Community Needs Assessment for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Loss communities. The survey is open through August 31st., 2016.


Call for Participants, ProTactile Theater Institute

Gallaudet University, May 15-27, 2017

Gallaudet University invites applications from DeafBlind individuals to participate in a two-week institute funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. This institute will develop models for theater by DeafBlind people for DeafBlind people. Participants will workshop an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet by DeafBlind writer John Lee Clark. At the end of the institute, participants will stage a short performance.

The institute will be facilitated by Clark, Jelica Nuccio, co-founder of Tactile Communications, Ethan Sinnott, professor of Theater at Gallaudet, and Rachel Grossman, ensemble director of dog & pony dc. Jill Bradbury, professor of English, will serve as project director.

Up to six participants will be accepted for the institute. Participants will receive a stipend of $1,000 each. Transportation to DC and room/board on campus will be provided as needed. Mobility orientation will also be arranged as needed.


If accepted to the institute, participants agree to the following:

1. Learn assigned roles and script prior to the institute.
2. Become familiar with ProTactile prior to the institute.
3. Participate fully in the activities of the institute, including the performance.
4. Refrain from smoking throughout the institute (due to the close contact involved).


Application deadline – February 28, 2017

Applicants will be informed of decisions by March 31, 2017,

To apply, please send a letter of interest and one letter of recommendation. The letter of recommendation should be from someone who knows you well — a co-worker, a teacher, or supervisor.

In your letter of interest, please answer the following:

o Why you would like to take part in this project and what strengths can you bring to it?
o Pro-Tactile theater involves direct interactions with attendees, rather than performance on stage. As an actor, you will interact with the audience directly. Do you have experience with changing the way you sign to match different people’s signing styles and abilities? Provide examples.

Letters can be in English (2-3 pages) or in ASL (2-3 minutes). ASL letters can be shared via a service such as Google Drive or Dropbox, or as a private video on YouTube. Send application materials to Jill.Bradbury@gallaudet.edu.


Sighted volunteers are welcome. Volunteers must be fluent in ASL. Volunteers will not attend the institute, but will take on minor roles in the play or serve in other theater production capacities. Contact Jill.Bradbury@gallaudet.edu if interested.
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