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For individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind, access to vocational rehabilitation services, mental and physical health care, social services, education, telecommunications, the justice system, and civic life depends upon the availability of qualified interpreters.  Through a grant from the Department of Education Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Northeastern University’s American Sign Language Program established the Center for Atypical Language Interpreting (CALI) to help address the growing demand for interpreters with specialized skills to serve Deaf and DeafBlind persons with atypical language.

Audience(s): Academics & Faculty


  • Recording and analyzing samples of atypical ASL.
  • Develop an annotated bibliography of print and video media dealing with atypical language, language dysfluency, and language deprivation.
  • Creating a Program of Study for experienced interpreters.