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Summer Academy for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Located at Penn State University – University Park Campus State College, Pennsylvania, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation's Summer Academy for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing offers high school age students who are deaf, hard of hearing or DeafBlind an opportunity to develop their knowledge, experiences and awareness as it relates to their future academic and employment goals. The students will participate in a 10-day-long program on a college campus, where they will receive assessments, information and educational experiences in various curriculum areas related to communication access, college skills, vocational skills, and social and emotional skills. Resident Assistants (RAs) and Resident Directors (RDs) will be hired to provide direct support to students and staff during the program.

If you or a family member are interested in learning more or applying to attend the 2023 Deaf or Hard of Hearing Academy, please visit the Summer Academy Student Application.

Interested in working as an RA or RD at the 2023 Academy?

Applicants need to be able to commit to staying on campus and in a dorm, as well as working the full length of the program. Please access the below documents for more information. To apply, please visit the Summer Academy Employment Application. The employment application deadline is March 17, 2023.


The Summer Academy for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing is created in partnership with L&I's Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) and the Department of Education's Bureau of Special Education's Pennsylvania Teaching and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN). For more information or if you have additional questions about the program, please contact Russ Goddard at 724-936-5076 (voice), 717-831-0336 (videophone) or (email).