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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.


  • Creation: 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.

Authors and editors of collection material

Item details

Signs for technical vocational education, 1976
edited by Marilyn Mitchell (NTID staff)
More faces and body languages of American sign language, 1992
by Keith M. Cagle (assistant professor of center for sign language and interpreting education at NTID, former student of NTID)
Introduction to interpreting, 1980
edited by Frank Caccamise
Manual/simultaneous communication instructional programs in the educational setting, 1979
edited by Frank Caccamise
International CISS ski technical signs for racers and officials, 1980
by Simon j. Carmel
Technical signs, Manual 1: project overview, 1980
co-authored by Frank Caccamise
The American Sign Language Lexicon and Guidelines for the Standardization and Development of Technical Signs, 1976
Running Title: Technical Sign Guidelines. Copy of a typescript. Paper given at a Symposium
The silent drum [NTID]
per FC, first video made at NTID with Dr. Frisina. Rod Serling narrates the film
SLPI (previously called SCPI) videos
BS note attached says some are sample interviews for rating, 1-7 short samples, others are full interviews
AST CD, NTID, 2003
note says classic, no longer supported, Applied Science & Technology
A comparison of communication values, Deaf culture workshop series, 2008
note attached says “Linda Siple”


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

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
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Revision Statements

  • January 2021: multilevel description added from inventory by Gigi Ye

Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA