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Deaf Demographics and Employment: Education Statistics

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Finding Education Information

There is an NTID center that gathers information on this topic, Collaboratory on Economic, Demographic, and Policy Studies. Information here is from their website. More than 50 percent of D/HH persons have attained only a high school or less than high school education compared to only 40 percent for hearing persons. Twenty-four percent of those who are D/HH are college graduates compared with 39 percent for the hearing population. Check out this report. 

Walter, G., (2010). DHH students in transition: Demographics with an emphasis on STEM education. Rochester, NY: National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Cuculick, J. A., & Kelly, R. R. (2003). Relating deaf students’ reading and language scores at college entry to their degree completion rates. American Annals of the Deaf. 148(4), 279-286.

According to the 2010-2012 ACS which was adjusted to reflect an approximation to the population narrowed to those aged 26-64 (free of age-related deafness, ie, loss of hearing in old age), Richard Dirmyer, an NTID researcher, shared this information.

Screenshot of a table explaining the highest level of education attained at different degree levels by hearing and deaf individuals.

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