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DCAL briefing on the need for specialist national neurology services for deaf people

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DCAL Newsletter 12 available

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DCAL Newsletter 11 available in BSL

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'What do you think the girl wants from Father Christmas?' Theory of Mind research with deaf infants

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DCAL Deputy Director, Professor Gary Morgan, and other colleagues from DCAL and City University London have been working with researchers from the University of Sheffield, University of Trento and University of Gothenburg, on a joint project investigating early interaction involving British and Swedish hearing parents and their deaf and hearing 2-3 year old children. This research is the first to show that conversational input about mental states directed towards very young deaf children differs significantly in those areas of interaction thought to be crucial for Theory of Mind (ToM) development. ToM is the reasoning that enables us to reflect on the mental states of others. Importantly it contributes to sophisticated forms of human interaction and provides a basis for understanding others’ actions and dispositions.

Read my lips - Advances in speechreading research with deaf children

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Speechreading is the term used by researchers to refer to lipreading. ‘Speechreading’ is preferred to ‘lipreading’ because lots of information is used from all of the face, not just the lips, when you watch someone speak. For deaf people, this can be their primary route to speech information. Hearing people also make great use of visual speech, although they often don’t realize it. If you think of talking to someone in a noisy bar, a hearing person is much more likely to understand a person if they can be seen. This is where the old joke ‘I can’t hear you without my glasses on’ comes from.

Early sign language exposure benefits deaf children

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According to new research, acquiring sign language from an early age in addition to spoken or written language has significant benefits for deaf children.

Deaf Children and Development

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A considerable amount of DCAL’s work focuses on research that is improving outcomes for deaf children. DCAL explores how deaf children acquire and use language, as well as how their brains develop. Using this information DCAL can help the parents of deaf children and people who work with deaf children develop tools and strategies to ensure that the children get the best start in life. On the following pages you can read more about some of DCAL’s current research relating to deaf children and development.

DCAL research on voice hallucinations features in the Lancet

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DCAL’s Dr. Joanna Atkinson’s research into voice hallucinations in deaf people with psychosis was highlighted in a Lancet editorial published on 12 March 2012. The editorial was a commentary on a wider review by the journal on the mental health of deaf people. For more information on the research go to: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal/research/research-projects/schizophrenia

DCAL's advocacy work with UK politicians

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Ground breaking deaf MEP visits DCAL

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ESRC Future Leader Fellowships for DCAL researchers

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Two DCAL associates, Dr David Vinson (UCL Cognitive Perceptual & Brain Sciences) and Dr Evelyne Mercure (UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience) have been awarded Future Leader Fellowships by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) from a total of 54 awards made nationally. The scheme aims to support early career social scientists by funding research projects, and providing researchers with an opportunity to develop the skills and experience they need to become leaders in their field.

DCAL director receives prestigious award

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DCAL Director Bencie Woll is amongst 38 new academics elected to Fellowships of the British Academy at their 19 July 2012 Annual General Meeting. The British Academy is the equivalent of the Royal Society, but for research in the humanities and social sciences. Bencie’s election is a significant achievement, being the first researcher in the field of Deaf Studies to receive this honour.

British Deaf Association honours DCAL researcher

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DCAL Nominated for the Signature Organisation of the Year Award

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Staff from DCAL have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to deaf communication with a nomination for the 2012 Signature Award for the Organisation of the Year.

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