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An RIT/NTID Center of Excellence for Students Who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Language, Social-Emotional Functioning, and Acculturation

Bilingual-bicultural educational programming has been around for over 20 years, but thus far there apparently has been no research examining the relation between bilingualism and biculturalism or ways in which bilingual education influence deaf students' social-emotional functioning and their affiliation with Deaf culture and the Deaf community. This project seeks to elucidate those relationships by examining potential changes in social-emotional functioning and Deaf acculturation as deaf students' gain exposure to the Deaf community and acquisition of sign language.