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    CSD SDC 10th Anniversary

    - by CSD

    The CSD Student Development Center (SDC), located at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute of the Deaf in Rochester, New York, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary on April 27.  “The CSD SDC was developed for students to feel connected and to learn things beyond the classroom,” said CSD Chief Executive Officer Chris Soukup. “It quickly became a hub for campus activity, bringing people together to advance dialogues and partnerships, and serving as a community center, which was our ultimate goal.”

    The CSD SDC houses NTID’s student government, student life, multicultural organizations, a study center, a communication center, commuter lockers, and informal spaces, all designed to facilitate socialization and interaction. It also features artwork by Deaf and hearing artists with ties to NTID, and Ellie’s Place, a first-floor lounge named after the late NTID Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs Eleanor Rosenfield.

    “Over these past 10 years, the CSD SDC has become the heart of campus life at RIT/NTID,” said Gerard Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “The facility provides space for leadership opportunities that are essential for our students’ success. We are grateful to CSD for their visionary generosity, and look forward to future collaborations.”

    Part of the 10-year celebration is the launch of a partnership between CSD Creative and RIT/NTID’s Center on Access Technology at the SDC. “Given such a successful collaboration, it seemed only natural that we establish a partnership with RIT/NTID’s Center on Access Technology in the CSD SDC, especially with RIT/NTID’s outstanding graphic design, technology, multi-media and visual communications programs,” Soukup added. “This partnership is a great way to combine resources and hands-on experience alongside some of the best Deaf talent in the field, many who are RIT/NTID graduates.”

    CSD Creative, led by CSD Creative’s Bryce Chapman and RIT/NTID’s Center on Access Technology Director Gary Behm, provides students with real-life learning experiences in web design and development, graphic design, digital advertising, brand development, photography, videography, and content marketing. “We all have a responsibility to support students, including through mentorship and work experiences, to prepare them for their careers after graduation,” Soukup noted. “With such a solid team of Deaf talent in graphic and web design, photography, and videography, CSD Creative’s new collaboration is a great opportunity for RIT/NTID students to gain valuable co-op experience, and sharpen their professional skills.”

    “We want students to see CSD Creative as a resource throughout their academic studies, and to consider CSD as a potential career choice,” Soukup added. “It’s a win-win situation for all involved.”

    For more information, contact Gary Behm (gwbnts@rit.edu)  or visit www.ntid.rit.edu/cat.

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    icons of 20 people, 6 are blue, 14 are dark grey

    2016

    - by CSD

    CSD launches CSD Works and CSD Learns, initiatives designed to address high un/underemployment in the deaf community.

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    icons of an eye, a video camera, a tablet and a cup filled with paint brushes and pens.

    2015

    - by CSD

    CSD Launches its Creative Agency to offer customers a full-stack of digital marketing to effectively market their services to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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    #WhoWillAnswer

    2014

    - by CSD

    #WhoWillAnswer campaign launched by CSD National Programs to create a 24/7 Domestic Violence Hotline for the deaf and hard of hearing. CSD initiates Project Access in Shanghai, China.

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    Vineya logo

    2013

    - by CSD

    Vineya, the first online marketplace for onsite or remote sign language interpreters is launched.

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    The State of Texas with a star in the middle.

    2012

    - by CSD

    CSD relocates to Austin, Texas and implements Technology+Design Studio to innovate next-generation solutions for the deaf community.

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    Images of a VRI operator and a telephone.

    2011

    - by CSD

    CSD launches services nationwide in New Zealand to provide TRS, CapTel, VRS, VRI and equipment distribution services.

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    2010

    - by CSD

    US Dept. of Commerce- National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA) awards CSD with a $14.9 million contract for nationwide broadband and equipment deployment. CSD accomplishes this through Direct Services.

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    2009

    - by CSD

    CSD awarded $1.1 million FCC grant to implement national awareness campaign about the country’s transition to digital television (DTV).

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    ZVRS logo

    2006

    - by CSD

    CSD spins off VRS program with support of new investors to be known as CSDVRS (later rebranded as ZVRS).