The Center for the Study of Communication & the Deaf (CSCD) at the BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development is devoted to applied and theoretical research on how early experience with American Sign Language (ASL) shapes learning and development among deaf children. The CSCD houses several federally-funded research projects looking at vocabulary acquisition in deaf children, development of visual attention in deaf children, and the structure of the ASL lexicon. The center has also developed normed assessments for American Sign Language. We collaborate and consult with schools and programs serving deaf children, provide development and training to pre-service and in-service teachers, and disseminate research to a broad audience. CSCD offers leadership and training opportunities for a diverse group of deaf and hearing researchers and practitioners.

Our research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences, Office of Special Education Programs, and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

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