Sunday, December 13, 2009

Gallaudet & NTID

When Alan Hurwitz head to DC to take over as president of Gallaudet, some things won’t change. He and his wife, Vicki, will keep their home in the Pittsford suburb of Rochester. He intends to move back to New York when he retires.

Hurwitz also plans to connect Gallaudet to its natural rival, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester by starting a service involving both institutions aimed at helping veterans who have lost hearing fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan . Another joint partnership will allow health care students to start their studies at Gallaudet and finish at NTID.

Hurwitz is also thinking internationally. He traveled to Russia this month to meet with the leaders of Russia's largest deaf organizations. They are working on ways to get help deaf Russians further their education.

This May he’ll take another trip. Hurwitz will visit the White House where Barack Obama will join him in signing Gallaudet diplomas.