Frank Caccamise papers

RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Table of Contents

Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Frank Caccamise
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

Collection Overview (Collapse)

Frank Caccamise papers
Caccamise, Frank
Inclusive Date(s)
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.
1.42 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 file box)
C.S. Mid-Range, Shelf 420
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical Information for Frank Caccamise (Collapse)

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.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

Materials in the Frank Caccamise papers regard 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.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

Collection materials are roughly assorted by material type.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

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

Frank Caccamise Papers

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Caccamise, Frank

Corporate Name(s)

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Faculty.
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf.


  • American Sign Language
  • Deaf -- Means of communication
  • Deaf -- United States
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Sign language -- Analysis
  • Sign language -- Study and teaching
  • Teachers of the deaf


  • Books
  • DVDs
  • VHS (TM)

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Preferred Citation

Frank Caccamise papers, RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Accession Information

Accession number(s): 10:09

Source of Acquisition

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.

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