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Cochlear Implants and Sign Language: 

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Research Report

Sign language and speech reading are thought to cause the deaf brain to reorganise in a way which makes cochlear implants (CI) ineffective, and clinicians often advise against using visual language with deaf children. This is a problem as the visual modality is the only way in which deaf children (without CI or hearing aid) can access language. Researchers at DCAL have examined the evidence for this advice. Studies reporting links between sign language use and poor outcome with CI often confuse other factors such as age and how long a person has been deaf for with the effect of sign language. There is more convincing evidence that visual language experience improves CI outcome, and that the effects of early language deprivation are permanent and severe. Research, particularly with animals, has caused researchers and clinicians to think about CI outcome only in terms of auditory development. Here, we emphasize the role of language development in contributing to CI outcome.      

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Start: Dec 12, 2001 1:45:00 PM

‘Fake’ Mandela interpreter claims schizophrenic episode

The Mandela memorial interpreter accused of being a 'fake' has claimed that he suffered a schizophrenic episode while on stage, and that he suddenly lost concentration and started hearing voices and hallucinating.

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Start: Dec 12, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Making Dementia Friendly Neighbourhoods

A European team of experts led by The University of Manchester will explore, investigate and evaluate the role of the neighbourhood in the everyday lives of people with dementia and their families in a new research project announced during the G8 dementia summit today (11 December).

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Start: Dec 11, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial

Bencie Woll, Director of DCAL has commented on claims that the interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral was signing in Zulu.

History of BSL Online

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Start: Dec 2, 2013 9:00:00 AM

Following the successful summer exhibition of the History of British Sign Language, the material displayed has now been compiled and captured in a unique online catalogue.

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