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Boston University School of Medicine professor co-authors first book on deaf ethnicity
In the first book to examine the 300-year ancestry of deaf people in America, Richard C. Pillard, M.D., a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and his co-authors argue that deaf people who use sign language to communicate are members of an ethnic group. (2011-02-14)

RIT/NTID researchers receive $450,000 grant for longitudinal study of vision in deaf children
Matthew Dye and Peter Hauser of Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf received a National Science Foundation grant to study how hearing levels and early-language experience influence deaf children's vision. (2016-03-21)

New education 'hubs' for Deaf children needed to replace social spaces lost when specialist schools close
New dedicated hubs for Deaf children are needed around the country to provide new social spaces, education and support, an expert has said. (2020-09-24)

Thousands of deaf patients struggling to access basic health care
Thousands of Deaf patients are receiving inadequate healthcare because they are struggling to communicate with healthcare professions, say experts on bmj.com today. (2008-09-30)

Deaf sign language users pick up faster on body language
Deaf people who use sign language are quicker at recognizing and interpreting body language than hearing non-signers, according to new research from investigators at UC Davis and UC Irvine. (2012-01-12)

Poor access to primary care results in poorer health for deaf people
Deaf people who sign have poorer health than the general population, according to a study led by researchers from the School for Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol, UK. (2015-02-06)

Study: Abuse rates higher among deaf and hard-of-hearing children compared with hearing youths
A new study at Rochester Institute of Technology indicates that the incidence of maltreatment, including neglect and physical and sexual abuse, is more than 25 percent higher among deaf and hard-of-hearing children than among hearing youths. The research also shows a direct correlation between childhood maltreatment and higher rates of negative cognition, depression and post-traumatic stress in adulthood. (2011-01-18)

Danish researchers pioneer comparative research on sign language
The book presents basic facts and structural aspects of sign languages, and the social, cultural, political, and historical contexts in which they are used. It is intended to provide deaf communities, scholars, students, professionals working with deaf people, and a general audience with a resource of both linguistic, anthropological, political and historical issues on sign languages and their users. (2015-11-09)

Visual language, cognition and deaf education topics of summit
How deaf children learn to read will be one of the topics of a conference at UC Davis Nov. 18-19. The Visual Learning Summit is co-sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, Gallaudet University's Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning, and the departments of psychology and linguistics at UC Davis. (2011-11-15)

Contributions of deaf people to entomology: A hidden legacy
Written by the Harry G. Lang, a deaf scholar, and by entomologist Jorge A. Santiago-Blay, this review paper reveals the fascinating stories of people who were deaf since birth or early childhood or became deaf or hard-of-hearing during their careers, and found ways to communicate science despite the isolation imposed upon them. (2012-09-26)

Research discovers how the deaf have super vision
Deaf or blind people often report enhanced abilities in their remaining senses, but up until now, no one has explained how that could be. Researchers at the University of Western Ontario, led by Stephen Lomber of the Centre for Brain and Mind have discovered there is a causal link between enhanced visual abilities and reorganization of the part of the brain that usually handles auditory input. The findings are published online in Nature Neuroscience. (2010-10-10)

Sign language at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere
The world's first sign language dictionary available from a mobile phone has been launched by the University of Bristol's Center for Deaf Studies. (2007-03-07)

Dementia study launched within the deaf community
Researchers have launched a unique project to improve early diagnosis and management of dementia among deaf people who use British Sign Language. (2010-03-03)

New language learning linked to early language experience
The ability to learn a new language is determined by the onset of language experience during early brain development - regardless of the specific form of the language experience. This is the finding of a Canadian study led by Rachel Mayberry of McGill University. (2002-05-01)

Deaf infants' gaze behavior more advanced than that of hearing infants
Deaf infants who have been exposed to American Sign Language are better at following an adult's gaze than their hearing peers, supporting the idea that social-cognitive development is sensitive to different kinds of life experiences. (2019-10-16)

NIH study seeks to improve quality-of-life measure for deaf and hard-of-hearing people
Improving the health of the deaf and hard-of-hearing population through accessible patient-reported outcome measures is the goal of a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health-funded study, led by Rochester Institute of Technology. (2016-03-28)

Study aims to improve sex education for deaf pupils
British parents are to be quizzed about their children's sex education in a unique study that hopes to improve the way the subject is taught to deaf pupils. (2008-06-11)

Retina holds the key to better vision in deaf people
People who are deaf benefit from better vision due to the fact their retinas develop differently, experts at the University of Sheffield have shown. (2011-06-01)

'Deaf by God' tried in Old Bailey records
Deaf people on trial were granted the right to an interpreter as early as 1725, according to Old Bailey records examined by UCL (University College London) scientists. The use of family and friends to interpret court proceedings later switched to deaf teachers and eventually written testimony, which may have disadvantaged the less educated (2008-05-05)

Study of cognitive development in deaf children revisits longstanding debate
With the advent of universal newborn hearing screening and improved technologies such as cochlear implants, more and more deaf children are relying on spoken language and not learning sign language. While some herald this as a victory, others point to variability in developmental outcomes as evidence that eschewing sign language may be a risky approach. (2016-02-13)

Linguists at Penn document Philadelphia 'accent' of American Sign Language
Linguists Jami Fisher and Meredith Tamminga of the University of Pennsylvania began a project to record American Sign Language variations in Philly, aided by a Research Opportunity Grant from the School of Arts and Sciences. (2015-12-04)

RIT/NTID audiologist earns 2016 Oticon Focus on People award
Catherine Clark, an audiologist and faculty member at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, is among the individuals honored by the 2016 Oticon Focus on People Awards, a national competition that celebrates people who are helping to eliminate negative stereotypes of what it means to be deaf or hard of hearing. (2016-10-06)

Deaf children use hands to invent own way of communicating
Deaf children are able to develop a language-like gesture system by making up hand signs and using homemade systems to increase their communication as they grow, just as children with conventional spoken language. (2009-02-15)

Is there a critical period for sign language?
Is there A Critical Period for Sign Language? (2000-02-18)

NIH grant provides postdoctoral research, teaching experience for deaf students
A nearly $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will help advance research, teaching experiences and career preparation in the biomedical and behavioral sciences fields for deaf and hard-of-hearing postdoctoral students. (2016-07-22)

Google Glass adaptation opens the universe to deaf students
A group of deaf university students and their professor developed a system to display video narrating planetarium shows onto glasses worn by deaf students. (2014-05-27)

Brains of deaf people rewire to 'hear' music
Deaf people sense vibration in the part of the brain that other people use for hearing - which helps explain how deaf musicians can sense music, and how deaf people can enjoy concerts and other musical events. (2001-11-27)

NIH study adapts Health Information National Trends Survey into ASL
A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher is investigating how deaf adults, proficient in American Sign Language, use the Internet for health-related information. Poorna Kushalnagar won $438,104 grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a biennial Health Information National Trends Survey for ASL users. (2016-05-11)

Deaf infants more attuned to parent's visual cues
A University of Washington-led study finds that Deaf infants exposed to American Sign Language are especially tuned to a parent's eye gaze, itself a social connection between parent and child that is linked to early learning. (2019-10-15)

Brain anatomy differences between deaf, hearing depend on first language learned
In the first known study of its kind, researchers have shown that the language we learn as children affects brain structure, as does hearing status. 'What we've learned to date about differences in brain anatomy in hearing and deaf populations hasn't taken into account the diverse language experiences among people who are deaf,' says senior author Guinevere Eden, D.Phil., director for the Center for the Study of Learning at Georgetown University Medical Center. (2014-04-15)

Innovative WSU graduate program deals with mental health, deafness
A training program in mental health and deafness at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) that is unique in American higher education is planning to expand to other locations in Ohio, according to Miami Valley clinical psychologist Robert Basil, Psy.D. (2005-01-14)

Adults and children develop gestures that mimic language
The ability to develop a form of communication that becomes an actual language is apparently innate, new University of Chicago research on the use of gestures among deaf children and experiments with adults shows. (2004-02-15)

Program taught in American Sign Language helps deaf achieve healthier weight
Deaf adults successfully lost weight in a program using American Sign Language. The study is the first randomized trial of a weight-reduction and lifestyle-change program in deaf ASL users. (2014-03-19)

Increasing awareness of the deaf experience: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
Since its start in the 1960s, deaf studies has been impacted by the political activism of deaf communities, significant advancements in technologies and medicine, and broadened knowledge in interdisciplinary disciplines such as deaf culture, signed languages and deaf bilingual education. Dedicated to the scholarship of deaf people and deaf communities worldwide, SAGE today announces the launch of the SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. (2015-11-04)

Mental health problems twice as prevalent in deaf people; provision of specialist services needed to improve access to mental health services for this population
A review in this week's Lancet says that mental health problems are about twice as prevalent in deaf people compared with the general population, and also reports disparities in access to and quality of mental health care for deaf people. (2012-03-15)

University of Michigan, RIT receive $3 million to improve health-care info for people who are deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to assess key differences in attitudes, knowledge and skills related to health information between deaf and hearing individuals by incorporating cutting edge technology to assess health information, and to interpret the patterns of those seeking access to health information in the deaf population. (2016-02-18)

Neural pathway missing in tone-deaf people
Nerve fibers that link perception and motor regions of the brain are disconnected in tone-deaf people, according to new research in the Aug. 19 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. Experts estimate that at least 10 percent of the population may be tone deaf -- unable to sing in tune. The new finding identifies a particular brain circuit that appears to be absent in these individuals. (2009-08-18)

Language and perception - Insights from Psychological Science
New research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, examines the nuanced relationship between language and different types of perception. (2012-09-28)

Earth science web site: A new tool for deaf students (and others)
An online library of Earth-system science resources could help upgrade science education for deaf students and keep them interested, says Jennifer Mangan, a researcher involved with the project. The Digital Library for Earth System Education ((2002-10-28)

RIT/NTID awarded $443,000 National Science Foundation grant for educational training
Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf has been awarded a $443,200 grant from the National Science Foundation to provide additional training for faculty in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines who teach classes in which deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing students are present. The three-year grant will help develop an 'accessibility toolkit' for faculty who are searching for viable ways to adapt their teaching methodologies to accommodate the learning needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. (2016-10-12)

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