Division on Career and Development Transition, “River of Dreams”

Designing Accessible Measures: Self-Determination in Deaf Individuals, Jeffrey Levi Palmer; October 24-26, 2018

Presentation Summary: The Self-Determination Inventory: Student Report (SDI:SR) is a recently validated measure of student self-determination. The SDI:SR is a useful measure for practitioners, including those supporting students in transition and career development planning. The SDI:SR can help with planning instruction that will promote the self-determination of youth and adults with and without disabilities. Additionally, researchers can use the SDI:SR to evaluate the efficacy of interventions intended to enhance self-determination and examine the impact of such interventions on transition and career-related outcomes. To support students with a range of modes of communication and support needs to report on their self-determination, there is a need to translate the SDI:SR into multiple languages, including American Sign Language (ASL). Through a partnership with the National Deaf Center and the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, a new website is currently in development that will present the SDI:SR with ASL video translations for each survey item and demographic question.


Jeffrey Palmer, PhD


Dr. Jeffrey Levi Palmer is a researcher. He is interested in not only the formative factors that result in the best language, literacy, and academic outcomes, but also which educational and social practices continue to elevate young deaf adults. His research examines understudied bilinguals, such as heritage bimodal bilinguals and visual-gestural unimodal bilinguals. He has taught linguistics and language acquisition to deaf postsecondary students both face-to-face and online. For more than a decade he has worked as a professional sign language interpreter (NIC, Ed:K–12) in a variety of specialized and technical settings. He is on the Test Development Committee for the Center for Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation and is vice chair of Deaf-Parented Interpreters with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in Chinese language and culture from the Friends World College at Long Island University and obtained master’s and doctoral degrees in linguistics at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.