ASL Cognitive Research Opportunity (Remote)

[Image Description for the flyer: The top of the flyer has a blue background and the outline of a brain with different shapes and patterns within. In the center of the first page, in white text with a green background reads “PARTICIPANTS NEEDED. Research participants needed for a study on a novel ASL-based measure of cognitive functioning.” Smaller text below in black with a white background reads “Are you Eligible? d/Deaf or hard of hearing, age 50+, fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). What are the study requirements? 1. Complete background survey (20 minutes). 2. Meet for interview through Zoom (60-90 minutes). Why should you participate? Compensation: $40 gift card. Participate in development of resources for deaf signers.” The bottom section of the page over a green background reads "TO PARTICIPATE: Scan QR code or click here to access study description and to complete eligibility screening or contact Erin Timperlake - Primary Researcher at Text box at bottom of page reads “Gallaudet University IRB Approval: IRB FY23-49”]

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I am a PhD student at Gallaudet University currently recruiting participants for my dissertation project. The goal of the project is to explore a novel, American Sign Language (ASL)-based, brief cognitive assessment. To be eligible, you must be deaf or hard of hearing, age 50 or older, and be fluent in ASL. 

If eligible to participate, you will receive an email with a scheduling request to meet over Zoom for approximately 1-1.5 hours to complete study materials. Eligible participants who complete all study materials will receive a $40 gift card in exchange for their time.

If interested in participating, please follow the link to complete the eligibility survey. The survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete: 

Please direct any questions about the study to

Thank you,

Erin Timperlake

ASL Cog Study Flyer (PDF Version, original flyer)


Austin Jailer Breaks Elderly Deaf Woman’s Arm After Misunderstanding at Airport

Karen McGee, 71, hyperventilates as police begin moving her out of the airport (screenshot via APD Body Cam Footage)

Karen McGee, a deaf, 71-year-old Florida resident, is considering a lawsuit against the city of Austin after what was supposed to be a three-hour layover at Austin-Berg­strom International Airport turned into an arrest, a weekend in the Travis County Jail, and an arm broken by a jailer and left untreated for three days.

McGee’s ordeal began on the afternoon of Sept. 13, 2022, as she waited for a connecting flight from Austin to Seattle. She was flying alone for the first time in her life and nervous because her hearing aids weren’t working well, so she sat within sight of the ticket desk to see when her plane would begin boarding. After noticing that it hadn’t boarded on time she spoke with a ticket agent and was distressed to learn that she had missed an announcement that her gate had changed. With her plane already gone, she was issued a ticket for a flight leaving that evening.

While McGee waited for this flight, she texted with her cousin and learned there was another plane parked at the same gate, going to the same destination. She approached the ticket agent and asked if she could switch her ticket to this flight. She had trouble hearing the agent’s response but understood the answer was no. She then made the same request to a different agent. Unbeknownst to McGee, this second agent called the police.

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