Deaf Initiatives, Inc.

563 S. Dawson Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43209
(614) 238-3323
(800) 895-3323 - toll free
(614) 238-3322 fax

Deaf Initiatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Deaf Initiatives offers an exciting program that will benefit central Ohio businesses. "Experiencing Your Future" is designed to place deaf and hard of hearing college students into meaningful cooperative work experiences (Co-op). The Co-op is a full-time work experience for one quarter (10 weeks) in the student’s field of study. This initiatives benefits both companies and students while meeting an important mission to strengthen the potential of young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. In collaboration with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY, Deaf Initiatives will bring to your company qualified college students who are skilled in the following areas:

  • Accounting Technology
  • Administrative Support Technology
  • Applied Computer Technology
  • Applied Optical Technology
  • Art and Computer Design
  • Automation Technology
  • Computer Aided Drafting Technology
  • Computer Integrated Machining Technology
  • Digital Imaging and Publishing Technology
  • Laboratory Science Technology

Read about the Co-op students..

For more information, go to


Dawn Lucas
(Assistant Director, NTID Center on Employment)

Shyrl Orrego-Scalice
(NTID/RIT Senior Employment Advisor)

Contact Meredith Crane at