DeafTEC, one of approximately 40 National Science Foundation-funded Centers of Excellence across the United States, is unique in that its focus is on a particular audience, deaf and hard-of-hearing students, rather than on a technical discipline. Its mission is to integrate these students into the workforce by increasing access to career information, technical education, and unrestricted employment. DeafTEC is administered by faculty at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, one of the nine colleges of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Over 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students attend RIT and study, live, and socialize with more than 16,000 hearing students in what is widely regarded as the largest “mainstreamed” program in the world. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT can pursue associate degree programs in the college of NTID with courses taught using direct instruction or they can pursue bachelor degree programs in the other seven colleges of RIT using a wide range of educational access services.