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.

Why is research on autism in deaf children important?

I’m interested in learning more about my child possibly participating in the study. How can I get involved?

Learn more about the Principal Investigator, Dr. Aaron Shield

Learn more about the Director of the ROADD Center, Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg