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Geoff PoorI am a Professor of American Sign Language (ASL) at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, NY. NTID is one of the colleges of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and has about 1,500 deaf and hard of hearing students from around the country and around the world. I've been here since 1983.

My current position is Coordinator of NTID's Office of ASL Training and Evaluation, which is responsible for: 1) teaching ASL to NTID and RIT faculty and staff; and 2) assessing the ASL skills of all NTID employees, employees of some other RIT departments, and some graduate students.

The assessment tool we use is the Sign Language Proficiency Interview:ASL (SLPI:ASL), which was developed at NTID and is widely used around the US and Canada as well as in a few other countries.

I'm the Project Director for the ASL Video Dictionary and Inflection Guide, and the STEM Signs Dictionary Project (IT module online; Lab Sciences module in development), and the author of two print dictionaries of American Sign Language, one with a DVD and the other with flash cards.

Please see the Current Activities tab above for information about these and other things I'm working on.