Gallaudet University

By Deaf Ecosystem, Programs, Schools

The purpose of the Science of Learning Center at Gallaudet University on “Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2)” is to advance the Science of Learning specifically involving how aspects of human higher cognition are realized through one of our most central senses, vision. We seek to determine the effects of visual processes, visual language, and social experience on the development of cognition, language, reading, and literacy for the benefit of all humans. We especially pursue new perspectives on these learning processes through the widened vantage point of studying deaf individuals and sign language as a window into the flexibility and structure of the human mind. We study these learning processes in monolinguals and bilinguals across the lifespan in order to promote optimal practices in education in both formal and informal settings.

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Deaf Education and Families Project

By Deaf Ecosystem, Organizations, Programs

CSUN’s Deaf Education And Families (DEAF) Project empowers families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH), connecting them with the most effective services and the greatest educational opportunities. The DEAF Project emphasizes educational programs that focus on children’s abilities, helping them lead productive and enriched lives.

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Growing Together: Creating Language-Rich Environments

By Bilingual Education, Early Intervention, Early Language Development, Information, Programs No Comments

VL2 has created a set of visually appealing and accessible materials about VL2’s research on the advantages of early visual language and ASL-English bilingualism and what this means for deaf and hard of hearing children’s language acquisition and literacy. This is one of the two videos available in this package. “Growing Together: Creating Language-Rich Environments” is a series of interviews with parents, researchers, and scientists.

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Odyssey Magazine

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The 2019 issue of Odyssey takes a look at advocacy, a critical component necessary to support the education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The issue explores how families, professionals, and schools are working together to encourage parent advocacy as well as the strategies they have used, the challenges they have faced, and the outcomes they have achieved in their quest to gain necessary services and supports for their deaf or hard of hearing children or students.

This issue includes 18 articles written by a total of 25 professional and parent authors on such topics as:

  • Supporting families in program transition and the hard truths of early language
  • Importance of deaf and hard of hearing students learning to self-advocate
  • Impact of family advocacy on deaf and hard of hearing students’ lives
  • Parent Advocacy app, a new tool to assist families of K-12 deaf and hard of hearing children in navigating IEP meetings, 504 meetings, and other meetings
  • How a parent of a Deaf Plus child challenged the system to get her son needed services
  • Learning about advocacy experiences of families of color-multiple perspectives guiding the Clerc Center’s research process
  • Reflections of a VR counselor-tips for families whose children are transitioning out of high school
  • Parent’s journey of advocating for a deaf child who identifies as transgender
  • Hands & Voices Advocacy, Support, and Training (ASTra) Program

We invite you to share with us on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags of #ClercCenter and #DeafEd how these articles have impacted you, or to reach out to us at with your thoughts.

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