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1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EDT

Culturally Relevant Assessment for American Sign Language Development

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Author: Charlotte J Enns, PhD, University of Manitoba.

Increasing diversity in the cultural and linguistic backgrounds of deaf children in Canada challenges traditional monolingual approaches to language testing. There is a need to balance the numerous measures available to assess spoken languages with the scarcity of measures to assess signed languages. In this presentation, the development of two standardized tests of American Sign Language (ASL) for use in research and education with children aged 3 – 13 years will be described: 1) the ASL Receptive Skills Test and 2) The ASL Expressive Skills Test. The content, format, procedures, and psychometrics of each of the tests will be outlined.



Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students

Age Group(s)

School Aged (5-17)