The Center is devoted to both applied and theoretical research that is focused on enhancing educational programming and opportunities for Deaf people and their families. Faculty and students focus on three major research themes: the acquisition of signed languages, the impact of language on the education of the Deaf child, and the developmental assessment of bilingual approaches to the education of Deaf children.

The CSCD provides a variety of services focusing on projects, workshops, and consultation with local, regional, and national entities whose services include working with Deaf people. Our latest projects include the development of assessment instruments to determine ASL proficiencies in Deaf children. Additional research interests of the Center relate to the relationship between American Sign Language (ASL) and English, the role of culture and language in the family structure, bilingual (ASL and English) educational systems, and the role of social service networks in the lives of Deaf children and adults.

Currently, the center is conducting four projects. The first project examines the role of various language experiences in the cognitive proficiencies of Deaf children. The second project is investigating the relationship between American Sign Language and the process of learning to read English. The third project focuses on learning American Sign Language as a second language. This project includes developing ASL evaluation materials for hearing people that can also be adapted for Deaf children. The last project is concerned with how first and second language abilities are related. Specifically, this work is exploring the role of L1 (ASL) in academic success of Deaf children, as well as investigating how first and second languages with different modalities impact one another.