Advocacy and Services for the Deaf Concentration
The Advocacy and Services for the Deaf concentration is an undergraduate, non-licensure program designed to prepare future professionals to work with individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing in a variety of settings other than K–12 schools. Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired the skills necessary for jobs in Resource Centers for the Deaf, Service Centers for the Deaf, Vocational Rehabilitation, Mental Health services, and group home settings. Some of the roles and responsibilities students are prepared to assume include:
Workshops and Training – Inform employers, agencies, organizations, and other community groups about the Americans with Disabilities Act, civil and legal rights, government and social service programs, employment and aging issues, strategies for communicating with Deaf people, American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, and hearing loss.
Problem-Solving and Peer Counseling – Provide support and guidance to Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-blind individuals to help resolve everyday challenges and crisis situations.
Advocacy – Inform both Deaf and hearing communities about the legal rights to equal education, opportunities, access to communication and the laws protecting those rights.
Independent Living Skills – Empower Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind individuals to make their own decisions and achieve personal goals. This may involve training in budgeting, health, family, transportation, education, housing, and other life skills.
Communication Support – Ensure Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind consumers have access to communication in order to participate in activities such as meetings, appointments, and social events. Provide information and consultation concerning coordination of communication services for medical visits, job interviews, and vocational training. Facilitate document translation, assist with phone calls and demonstrate assistive technology, and make referrals to interpreting agencies and real-time captioning services.
Information and Referral – Provide information and referrals regarding various local and state resources, programs concerning deafness and hearing loss, as well as services provided by various agencies for the Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind. Make referrals to business and government organizations such as the Employment Security Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Security Administration, Division of Motor Vehicles, and local police departments.
Students in the concentration have required courses in SES and a variety of options regarding course work in related fields and departments. The faculty of the Advocacy and Services for the Deaf program encourages students to continue their education in graduate school to develop a skill set within a specific discipline such as counseling, vocational rehabilitation, or mental health.
Key Courses (Selected from the total of 126 semester hours):
SES 101, 102, 203, 204: American Sign Language I-IV
SES 245: Introduction to the Deaf Community
SES 445: Advocacy and Services for the Deaf
SES 467: Advocacy and Services for the Deaf Internship
SES 486: Seminar and Practicum
CSD 334: Introduction to Audiology
HDF 212: Families and Close Relationships
HEA 310: Emotional Health
RPM 201: Introduction to Community Leadership
SWK 215: Introduction to Social Work
A complete list of required coursework is listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin on UNCG’s website.
For more information, contact:
Karen De Naples, Coordinator
Advocacy and Services for the Deaf
418 School of Education Building
336.543.2193 (videophone/video relay)
To learn more about the Professions in Deafness majors please visit the PID website at ses.uncg.edu/pid