Pepnet 2 (pn2) is a federally funded project whose mission is to increase the education, career, and lifetime choices available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Pepnet 2 recognizes the full range of postsecondary education, training and employment options available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and strives to enhance the capacity of those institutions to appropriately serve this diverse population. Pn2 is a national collaboration of professionals with expertise in a broad array of content areas and a variety of environments, including research, technology, personnel development, media production, and technical assistance.
Our resources include:
Pepnet 2 supports stakeholders through providing technical assistance, personnel development, and research and evidence synthesis.
Our job is to get you the resources you need to support individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities. If you have questions we have answers.
In 1996 the Department of Education funded four regional centers collectively known as Postsecondary Educational Programs Network (PEPNet). The name pepnet 2 stems from this original acronym. The number 2 was added to indicate a new version of the project when the structure changed from four regional centers to one national center in 2011. Since PEPNet has a rich history and reputation from its three previous grant cycles, we wanted to continue the name, while at the same time reflecting the new model of a national center. As the mission of pepnet 2 broadened to include all postsecondary options for deaf and hard of hearing individuals, we changed the name to lower case to diminish the association with the name as an acronym.
So if you see pepnet 2's name written and spelled as PEPNet, those materials were most likely developed and produced during cycles from 1996-2011. If you see pepnet 2, you know the information, material or product comes from the current 2011-2016 cycle.
Pepnet 2 is funded by the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education via Cooperative Agreement #H326D110003. Funding is provided from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2016.