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- BSL Corpus Project featured on The Hub
- BSL Grammaticality Judgement Task Paper accepted for publication in journal Cognition
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- Deaf Children's Development Conference to take place on September 11th 2012
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- DCAL's Response to Guardian article "Signs of the times: Deaf community minds its language"
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- New leaflet about research targeted at the older deaf community
- The Association for Physiological Sciences publishes DCAL research in Psychological Science
- Society Now features an article by researcher Dr Joanna Atkinson 'Voices inside my head'
- The Guardian publishes correction about BSL Corpus Project story
- Robert Adam is the first person in the UK to be both a registered Interpreter and a registered Translator on the NRCPD
- New MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language Studies: NOW RECRUITING for 2013/2014
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- Programme for TISLR 2013 available on the webpage NOW!
- Neuroscience: How the brain adapts to deafness
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- DCAL and AoHL call for the National Dementia Strategy for England to be reviewed to ensure that funding is provided to meet the needs of people who are deaf or have hearing loss and also have dementia
- TISLR 11 abstracts now available
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DCAL working with the Cognitive Disorders Clinic
26 February 2012
Do you know a Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) user who has developed memory or thinking problems?
Appointments are now being offered for Deaf patients at a top UK neurology hospital.
is working with The Specialist Cognitive Disorders clinic, at the
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queens Square, London
to provide assessment services to Deaf British Sign Language (BSL)
users worried about their memory or cognition.
Diagnostic assessment of neurodegenerative conditions for Deaf people has traditionally been problematic due to a lack of standardised neuropsychological assessment tools in BSL. New cognitive screening tests are now available at the clinic which is accepting referrals of patients who are Deaf BSL users. Deaf patients will be seen within the existing cognitive disorders service for full medical and neuropsychological assessment. Team members are fluent in BSL or use the services of a BSL interpreter.
A UCL partner
The Cognitive Disorders Service runs in parallel with the Dementia Research Centre (DRC), part of the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Neurology (ION). The clinical and research components form a national centre of excellence for diagnosis and treatment of patients with cognitive problems, and the group is recognised internationally for ground-breaking research in dementia.
You can find out more at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery website.
The DCAL contact for this service is: Joanna Aktinson
There are some important stipulations for patient referral:
1) The clinic is only accepting referrals of Deaf BSL users with acquired rather
than developmental cognitive difficulties where a decline in function has occurred in adulthood, particularly those with suspected dementia or neurodegeneration.
2) At present the clinic is unable to accept referrals of deaf patients who do
not know BSL. It is essential that the patient is a sign language user.
3) Referrals are accepted from anywhere in the UK and should be made from the patient’s GP and clearly detail the problem. The GP must state in the referral letter that the patient is a Deaf BSL user; otherwise they can not be offered an appointment that is suitable for Deaf patients.
The GP should send their letter of referral to:
Dr Cath Mummery
Specialist Cognitive Disorders Service
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
8-11 Queen Square
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