[VO] When you hire someone to do a job, you're not hiring his ears, you're hiring what's between them. A deaf person can learn to do just about anything with his hands and his mind. All he needs is the training. There's a college in Rochester, New York that gives young deaf people the training they need. The National Technical Institute for the Deaf. It's the only technical college in the United States, created and supported by an act of Congress that provides training for the deaf. I'm John Opel, president of IBM. Skilled deaf workers make a real contribution to business and industry. There are companies throughout the country that hire them when they can. We're one of them. Next time you are hiring, remember you don't hire ears. You hire what's between them.[/VO]
The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is the first and largest technological college in the world for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. As one of nine colleges within the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, NTID provides academic programs, access, ASL in-class interpreters and support services—including on-site audiological, speech-language, and cochlear implant support. As of fall quarter 2012, NTID encompasses just under 10% of RIT's enrollment, 1259 students. Roughly 775 deaf and hard of hearing students are cross-registered into another RIT college's program with support from NTID.