We are also delighted to announce that Professor Christine Yoshinaga Itano from Boulder (Colorado, USA) is the recipient of this year’s Graham Fraser Memorial Lecture Award.


Dr Christine Yoshinaga-Itano is a Professor Emerita of the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences and is currently a Research Professor, in the Institute of Cognitive Science, faculty in the Center for Neurosciences at the University of Colorado, Boulder, adjunct faculty in the Department of Otolaryngology and Audiology at the University of Colorado, Denver, Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Centre for Deaf Studies and an international doctoral faculty board member in the Department of Human Sciences, Psychology Area, at the University of Verona. She developed the Marion Downs Center in 1996 and received funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Maternal & Child Health, the Office of Special Education, Office of Education and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research since the early 1980s. Dr Yoshinaga-Itano has assisted state departments of public health and education, schools for the deaf, and early intervention programmes throughout the United States and its territories. In addition, she has served as a consultant for many countries who have developed early hearing detection and intervention programs. Her research has focused on the predictors of language (semantics, syntax, pragmatics and phonology), social-emotional, cognitive and auditory skill outcomes of infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with both bilateral and unilateral hearing losses, those with and without additional disabilities, children with autism and other developmental disabilities and children from both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking homes.



Dr Christine Yoshinaga-Itano will be delivering her lecture at BCIG 2020 on Tuesday 10th of March on the topic of “Longitudinal English literacy outcomes (from 8 to 16 years- 3rd through 10th grade in the US) of children who are deaf or hard of hearing with the greatest risk factors – Poverty, non-English speaking homes, and additional disabilities after UNHS/EHDI was established”


This prestigious award and lectureship from the Graham Fraser Foundation is made at each BCIG annual meeting following nominations by the BCIG membership.