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Area deaf and hard-of-hearing students attend career exploration camp at RIT

September 02, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Area high school students are back home after participating in a national career exploration camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at Rochester Institute of Technology. More than 200 students from as far away as Hawaii participated.

Area participants included:
 Paige Brewer of Thurmont, Md., will be a 12th-grader at Model Secondary School for the Deaf this fall.
 James Brooks of Frederick, Md., will be an 11th-grader at Maryland School for the Deaf.
 Kali Doubledee of Hagerstown will be a 12th-grade student at Maryland School for the Deaf.
 Jad Gore of Frederick will be an 11th- grader at Maryland School for the Deaf.
 Jake Grindstaff of New Market will be a 11th-grader at Maryland School for the Deaf this fall.
 Tina Noelle Robinson of Hagerstown will be a 12th-grade student at Maryland School for the Deaf this fall.
 Christy Zendarski of Walkersville, Md., will be a 11th-grade student at Maryland School for the Deaf this fall.
 Katie Zendarski of Walkersville will be a 12th-grade student at Maryland School for the Deaf this fall.

The students recently attended Explore Your Future, a six-day career exploration camp at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf on the RIT campus in Rochester, N.Y. Campers got a taste of possible careers in computer art design, lab science technology, business, computing and engineering.

New this year was a course involving heath care careers.

Taught by a deaf physician, the students used computers to look up the doctor’s “symptoms” and attempted to diagnose his ailment. The health care class was added after a national Task Force on Health Care Careers for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community released a report calling for barriers preventing more deaf and hard-of-hearing students from entering health care careers. Fewer than 6 percent of deaf people in the labor force are employed in the health care industry, compared with nearly 10 percent of their hearing peers.

For more information, go to to www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT_Hu_enCN4.

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