- The Autism Science Foundation has selected the Deaf Autism Research Project as one of six recipients of a research enhancement mini-grant! These grants are intended to enable scientists to expand the scope or increase the efficiency of existing grants, or to take advantage of changes or findings that have occurred in or around the project that warrant more funding. We will use this grant to expand the control group of typically developing deaf children to compare to deaf children with ASD. Thank you, Autism Science Foundation!
- We are now actively recruiting deaf children of Deaf parents, between the ages of 4-8, with OR without autism (typical development), at The Learning Center for the Deaf, Rocky Mountain Deaf School, Atlanta Area School for the Deaf, and Metro Deaf School – Minnesota North Star!
- We have answers in American Sign Language (with English subtitles) to some questions that people frequently have about autism.
- Visit our Facebook page!
- Principal Investigator Dr. Aaron Shield recently published his findings about the signing of children on the autism spectrum in the Journal of Communication Disorders.
- Read Dr. Aaron Shield’s guest blog about his predoctoral fellowship from Autism Speaks here.
- The Deaf Autism Research Project is being featured on the blog Autism Light!
The Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE) at Boston University is home to one of the world’s first research studies focusing on signing deaf children on the autism spectrum. This research aims to understand how autism affects sign language development in children exposed to a sign language from birth. We hope that our study will lead to better treatment options for deaf children as well as a better understanding of how autism affects learning in both deaf and hearing children.
This research is funded by a three-year grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, and a research enhancement grant from the Autism Science Foundation.