Established in 1975
"education at its best", Governor Mario Cuomo, 1985
The Program for Deaf Adults (PDA) is the largest, most comprehensive post-secondary program for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in the New York area. Students pursuing an Associate’s Degree are supported by academic, personal and job development counseling, registration assistance, classroom interpreters, tutors, note takers, testing accommodation, and special sections of Basic Skills Reading and Writing taught in American Sign Language (ASL). Courses offered under Continuing Education, also taught in ASL, include High School Equivalency (formerly G.E.D.), Adult Basic Education, Driver’s Education for Deaf adults, American Sign Language, and more.
PDA's ASL-English Interpretation Program (AEIP) provides educational opportunities for individuals interested in a rigorous academic program that will prepare them to become ASL- English Interpreters (Bachelors degree and Professional Certificate). With U.S. Department of Education scholarship funding, AEIP has a focus on interpreting in educational settings.