Team

Donna Lange has been teaching at NTID for over 20 years. She is an associate professor and former chair of the Applied Computer Technology Department, and has taught a variety of computer-related courses in the areas of both hardware and Web development. Donna was formerly the PI of the NSF ATE projects “Deaf Initiative in Information Technology” I & II, #0070982 & #0302790, offering professional development training for deaf adults, and Co-PI of the NSF ATE dual credit program “Project Fast Forward” #0903167. Donna holds a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Brockport and an MS degree in Software Development and Management from RIT.

Specialty areas: Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing population, K-12 and higher education, training, STEM education and industry, employer training and education of DHH population


Terence Nelson is the Saddleback College Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) Program Coordinator and a Veterans Counselor. He developed the VETS Program in 2009 and has directed it since its inception as the Division Dean of Transfer, Career, and Special Programs. In January 2016 he began the full time role coordinating the department from the faculty ranks.

Specialty areas: Veterans, counseling, higher education, training, articulation and credits and veteran programs and services


Hira Byrne Paulin holds a BS in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and an M.Ed in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College. She is a PhD candidate at Northern Illinois University. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and specializes in working with military affiliated populations with service-connected injuries and/or disabilities. She has over 20 years of personal and professional experience with people with disabilities. She has worked in the field in a variety of settings: state and federal vocational rehabilitation programs, school for the Deaf K-12 classroom and student support, post-secondary instruction and disability counseling, and in recreational therapeutic activities. She has worked with military affiliated populations at the Department of Veterans Affairs, aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Training Center Twentynine Palms, and in post-secondary education.

Specialty areas: Veterans, people with disabilities, acquired disabilities, academic/career counseling, rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation services, mental health, substances abuse, Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, transition process and services from the military, transition from K-12 to higher education, ADA compliance


Mike Sauter has been working in the field of Alternate Media and Assistive Technologies for students with disabilities at Saddleback College for over 20 years. He is passionate about finding solutions to educational needs of students and has worked with disabled students, student veterans and educational professionals by providing training’s and presentations across the California Community College System, Washington DC, New Jersey and at the High Tech Center Training Unit on Education Technologies used by students that increases their learning potential. He is also an adjunct faculty at NTID DeafTec, and an Accessibility Expert for AccessATE.

Specialty areas: assistive technologies/educational technologies, accessibility, technology, training, higher education, people with disabilities, student accommodations, disability services, ADA compliance