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Frank Caccamise papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0007

Scope and Contents

Materials in the Frank Caccamise papers relate to the application and development of sign language, its assessment, and instruction. Books in the collection cover the teaching and instruction of sign language, Proceedings of the National Symposium on Sign Language Research and Teaching (1977, 1978, 1981, and 1986), and children's books written by Caccamise while working as an audiologist with deaf children in California in the early 1970s. Instructional VHS tapes and DVDs on sign language are also present.


  • 1973-2004


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Frank Caccamise is a professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT in the Department of Research and Teacher Education. Frank's primary work at NTID has included development and application of sign language assessment instruments with both NTID students and faculty/staff, development of sign language instructional materials with a focus on materials for technical communication, and research on identification and follow-up for visual impairments of NTID students. Caccamise is the author of several books on sign language instruction. Additionally, he has authored children's books, written while working as an audiologist with deaf children in the early 1970s.

Current interests include continued development and application of the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) and the Classroom Sign Language Assessment (a classroom observational technique) to sign language communication skills assessment and development, research on SLPI reliability and validity, training for SLPI Interviewers-Raters (including development of an SLPI training DVD), and refinement and appropriate use of a Language/Communication Background Questionnaire with NTID students.


1.42 Linear Feet (1 document box, 1 file box)




Materials relating to NTID professor Frank Caccamise's work in the application and development of sign language assessment and instruction. The collection includes books, VHS tapes, and DVDs.


Collection materials are roughly arranged by material type.

Physical Location

C.S. Mid-Range, Shelf 420

Other Finding Aids

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

Frank Caccamise Papers

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number(s): 2010:009

Frank Caccamise donated the collection to the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive on 19 February 2010.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Amy Vilz in August 2011.
Frank Caccamise papers
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Amy Vilz
03 August 2011
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Repository Details

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