Twenty-eight million Americans with severe hearing loss do not have full access to information about political candidates and election issues. Through a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, WXXI and its partners are experimenting with ways to overcome 21st Century barriers to civic participation.» more
Under the direction of Dr. Peter Lalley, three NTID students are leading our research:
David Miller is a Research Assistant within the National Technical Institute for the Deaf's Department of Research and Teacher Education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Professional and Technical Communications from RIT.
J.S. Ost is a Marketing Communications Specialist with Harris RF Communications. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Professional and Technical Communications and Psychology from RIT, where she was a member of the Honors Program.
James Rowe is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology at RIT, with a concentration in Database and Web Development and double minors in Political Science and Finance.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please take a few minutes to fill out our online survey. It will help us find ways to give people with hearing loss better access to information about political candidates and issues on the internet. Take the Survey!
Focus Groups Forming Now
We are looking for volunteers to help test our solutions. If you are interested, please e-mail email@example.com. You must live near Rochester, New York to participate.
U.S. Congressional Representative Forum
Coming in September 2008
Overcoming Barriers is inviting candidates for U.S. Congress in New York State’s 25th, 26th, 28th and 29th Congressional Districts to participate in a televised forum with a deaf and hard-of-hearing audience. Several of these races are expected to attract national attention. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org