Gladys Tang established the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies to consolidate research and training in the Sign Linguistics, Deaf Education and Sign Interpretation for HK, China and the Asia Pacific region. She founded the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages and was Chairperson until 2011.
The linguistic curriculum at CUHK features training in Sign Linguistics and Hong Kong Sign Language at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2016, Gladys Tang founded a non-government organization – SLCO Community Resources – to develop social support services involving sign language in HK. She is actively involved in liaising with the government units of Hong Kong and Asian countries in adopt the SLCO approach for deaf and hearing children in basic education. One of her other projects is to support Asian universities and deaf associations in the establishment of Sign Linguistics as disciplinary study in their countries.
The Asian Signbank represents a repository that archives Asian Sign Languages with search functions to view signs as well as their phonological features for linguistic analysis. Recent updates include a publishing function to access the archived materials for the production of dictionaries and teaching materials. Under construction is a set of procedures to transfer sign language discourse materials into the SignBank to support grammatical analysis of sign languages. The sign languages so far include HKSL, Ho Chi Ming Sign Language, Jakarta Sign Language, Yogyakarta Sign Language, Sri Lankan Sign Language. The Asia SignBank was used to support the MPhil research of Mak Ka Leong.