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“Summer Camps: Diversity and Role Models” video

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Tracy, a white woman with long red hair, stands on a stage and signs.


Our students come from a range of different backgrounds. The students tend to discover that they have some things in common when they share their stories. They learn from each other. It's really a beautiful experience to witness that. Another thing that really inspires the students is the staff themselves and their experiences regarding their deafness. We have some staff who are deaf. Some may be hard of hearing, some may not sign fluently, and some are also hearing who may be a CODA.

The stories and experiences that are shared through camp are great for the students to look up to as their deaf and hard of hearing role models and recognize diversity when they leave the camp. I also would like to share another neat thing that we have done, which is how we would include the students from last year's program to be part of the planning for this year's program.

We have noticed that it increased their self-confidence because, as NDC has mentioned, deaf people often do not get the social experiences, since there aren't that many opportunities for summer camps and leadership opportunities are rare.

Video Description:

NDC Logo appears above text, black lettering on a white background:

“This video was developed under a jointly-funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) #HD326D160001. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the positions or policies of the federal government.”

Next to it, three logos appear. The first reads “IDEAs that Work” with an arrow drawing a circle from “IDEAs” to “Work” and the words “U.S. Office of Special Education Programs”. The second logo shows a red-and-blue star with text next to it that reads “TA&D”. The third logo shows a blue circle around a tree. In the blue circle are the words “U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.”

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