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Engaging Communities for Systems Change

Started Feb 8, 2021


Full course description

The lived experience and knowledge of deaf community members must guide policy changes, strategic planning, and programs that are designed to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for deaf people in the United States. In reality, however, this is seldom the case. Deaf people are seldom included in decision making, and repeatedly omitted even from decisions that impact their own lives.


Engaging Communities for Systems Change is a three-hour self-paced professional development course that can help you gain an understanding of the importance of including deaf people in decision-making and obtain strategies for collective change as a community. This course covers:

  • How to engage with local deaf communities,

  • How to start community based conversations, and

  • How to transform conversations into actionable items.


Community engagement can create fruitful networks and promote positive outcomes that ultimately benefit everyone. By the end of this course you will have knowledge of and tools to:


  • Correlate the impact community engagement has on postsecondary transition

  • Identify and develop goals and strategies to have conversations within  your local community

  • Identify key players for the planning team to host community conversations

  • Support in designing action items and building in accountability

  • Strengthen relationships and resource sharing to enhance and support agent changers in  your community


What It Addresses  


This course is an opportunity to increase your capacity to learn from and work with deaf people. Historically and to this day, deaf people remain excluded in the decision making that impacts their lives daily - particularly true at the systems level. Drawing from NDC’s experiences working with local communities, this course outlines the key elements and actions for collective systems change. Community conversations is a strategy for identifying and addressing inequities impacting the lives of deaf people. NDC’s Engage for Change| local worked with communities across the nation to increase capacity and explore opportunities with deaf-lead change. 



Who It Is Designed For


Engaging Communities for Systems Change is free and open to all. Deaf people, people working with deaf people, and anyone interested in learning about deaf communities is encouraged to take this course.


Professional Development Credit 


With a passing score of 80% or above, participants receive a certificate of completion and can submit it for 0.3 RID CEUs or 3 CRCC clock hours.




Sign up for this course today!