Penn State recently hosted Pennsylvania’s first Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Academy, designed to prepare high school students for their transition to higher education.
Twenty-two high school students who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind and live in Pennsylvania participated in the program from July 9 to 21. While at University Park, they learned about a variety of topics, including assistive technology; communication access options; self-advocacy, self-awareness and the law; vocational development; recreation and team building; financial management; and social work.
Students also had an opportunity to go bowling, participate in a scavenger hunt, and attend a State College Spikes baseball game.
“We were proud to host the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Academy, which supports and empowers high school students as they make the exciting, but also challenging, transition to college,” said Diane Williams, head of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Penn State.
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