Values & Mission

IRIS:  Deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, & hearing individuals comprise a visual community at NCOD, represented by the iris of the eye. The iris is reflected in NCOD's values: 

IRIS: Inclusion, Respect, Innovation, Self-Reliance 

Inclusioninstilling pride through inclusion, advocacy, equity and diversity
Respectrespecting & recognizing the uniqueness, dignity & communication preferences of each individual
Innovationgenerating innovative approaches to optimize communication & learning
Self-Reliancepromoting development of skills to increase self-reliance, autonomy & confidence

Mission Statement

NCOD’s advocacy, programs and services will support acquisition of marketable skills and lifetime opportunities for deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind students. 

Vision Statement

NCOD envisions a world where deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf blind individuals are truly equal members of society.