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The five research priorities adopted by Gallaudet in 2017 reflect the University's unique and ongoing commitment to research that benefits the diversity of the deaf and hard of hearing population, not only on campus but across the United States and around the world. The priorities represent a framework for the research efforts of the University and the Clerc Center.

Priority #1: Education

The status and impact of current practices and policies related to the education, professional and technical training, and career preparation of d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deafblind people through the lifespan, from birth through postgraduate education and beyond aimed at the development of evidence-based best practices and policies.

Priority #2: Diversity

Diversity within and between d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deafblind communities, including underserved populations, as represented through the arts, humanities, and allied fields; demographic studies; and genetics, along with ethical and policy issues surrounding these manifestations of diversity.

Priority #3: Accessibility

Accessibility for d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deafblind people in the workplace and in society at large as made possible by a wide range of technologies in several domains, including but not limited to: telecommunications, captioning, robotics, avatars, speech/sign recognition, and ergonomics.

Priority #4: Deaf Experience

The subjective experience of living as a d/Deaf, hard of hearing, or Deafblind individual as understood through a variety of methodologies used in the fields of biology, psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, political science, history, and philosophy, among others.

Priority #5: Language and Cognition

The relationship between linguistic and cognitive phenomena and the underlying physical substrate of the brain in d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deafblind individuals as studied through the processing of visual, tactile, and auditory stimuli in multiple contexts, including language development and learning throughout the lifespan.


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