Center for the Study of Communication & the Deaf

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The center is devoted to both applied and theoretical research to benefit the Deaf and their families. Faculty and students have focused 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. A variety of community services focus on projects assisting the hearing parents of Deaf children and on workshops and presentations to area agencies. The center has begun to create assessment instruments to determine ASL development in Deaf children. Additional research interests of the center are the languages (American Sign Language (ASL) and English), family structure, the educational systems, and the social service networks of Deaf children and adults. Currently, the center is conducting four projects. The first project examines the role of language in the thinking of Deaf children. The second project is investigating the relationship of American Sign Language in Deaf children’s process of learning to read English. The third project focuses on the learning of American Sign Language as a second language. This project is currently developing ASL evaluation materials for Hearing persons, as well as for Deaf children. The last project concentrates on the development of an ASL/English curriculum for Deaf children, specifically grades preschool to fourth grade. A primary goal of the center is to provide state-of-the-art information to professionals in the education of the Deaf, related professionals, and the families they serve. For more information, contact the center director, Robert Hoffmeister, 617-353-5191, voice and TTY, or e-mail .

Center for the Study of Communication and the Deaf has received a 4 year federal award for $1,566.200 from the National Center for Special Education Research a division of the USDOE’s Institute for Educational Sciences.  The purpose of the award is to complete the development of an assessment instrument to measure the American Sign Language knowledge in Deaf children between the ages of 4 and 17 years.  The award began September 1, 2010.

To read the abstract from the NCSR 4 year federal award that the Center for the Student of Communication & the Deaf received, click here.

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