Cued Speech and Mainstreamed Deaf Students

by Alison Candela

One Transliterator’s Thoughts – Cued Speech and Mainstreamed Deaf Students

I. The “New Deaf” Student

“Watch Ms. Candela.” Jenny hears that a lot. I, Ms. Candela, am the Cued Speech Transliterator (CST) in her first grade class. Jenny is deaf and I am there to provide her with equal access to the mainstream environment by rendering speech and other sounds into Cued Speech.

“Were you watching Ms. Candela?” Continue reading

Lauren’s Road to Language – A Deaf Child And The English Language

by Sarah Segal
*Names were changed to protect privacy

I didn’t realize until recently that before I even met Lauren, I had already begun imagining her.

You see, I like to write stories sometimes, and exactly one year ago, I was writing character profile notes for a short story about a young girl who suddenly loses her command of the English language. My character wakes up one day to discover that she can no longer speak or understand language, and must confront the challenge of communicating via Continue reading

Starting a Business Empowering the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

by Zainab Alkebsi
Brian Kelly is a 29-year old Cuer and cochlear implant user; he currently lives in Southern California.

OnCue: How did you begin using Cued Speech?

BK: My parents first discovered Cued Speech when they attended a Cued Speech workshop at the AG Bell convention in 1996. They decided that Cued Speech would best enable me to make progress with my spoken language skills. After 16 years of being exposed to Cued Speech, I am able to make sense of the pattern Continue reading

Editor’s Note – Spring 2013

by Sarah Segal
Cochlear implants are sort of a mixed blessing—it has both produced opportunities for deaf children and impeded them in their overreliance on them. It isn’t a cure-all and it certainly isn’t for everybody, either, for better or worse. In this issue, we will show how Cued Speech—and even, at times, American Sign Language—continues to provide powerful opportunities for students that technology is still limited in Continue reading

New Executive Director | Appreciation of Cued Speech Parents
President’s Message 2013

by Shannon Howell As I look back over the past year and the short strides made for Cued Speech, I’m dwarfed by the tasks ahead of us that never seem to grow smaller, only more difficult and with new challenges. As a Board, we have all grown, faced hardships, been frustrated at times, and through it all are still very positive about Cued Speech continuing to be a blessing to many in the future.

Now more than ever, I am in awe of the parents and professionals of the “first generation” of cuers. It was through your hard work and dedication Continue reading

AEHI Seminar Sets Off Explosive Growth in Facebook Group

by Charlie Musser Ben Lachman, a native cuer who has had former tenure on the NCSA board, found Cued Speech groups to be “an unorganized and ragtag bunch on Facebook” until early this year with the Alternatives in the Education of the Hearing Impaired (AEHI) professional development seminar in Chicago. There, he and fellow cueing attendees “experienced a surge of energy and will Continue reading

NUBY Launches International Corporate Responsibility Program to Benefit Deaf Children’s Literacy Project

by Sarah Segal The privately-held Nuby™ baby products company recently announced that its new corporate responsibility program will benefit the Deaf Children’s Literacy Project (DCLP) of the National Cued Speech Association.

Nuby has placed the DCLP logo on most of its baby products. The products include bottles, toys, teethers, breast pumps, medical items and a variety of other items. A percentage of sales from these products Continue reading

Suite Escape Travel – Cued Speech Supporter

by John Brubaker Dear Friends of the National Cued Speech Association,

On behalf of NCSA, I would like to express our gratitude to Suite Escape Travel for generously sponsoring our commitment to effective communication, language development and literacy by joining our fundraising efforts. Suite Escape will donate $100 to the NCSA for every trip booked through their agency! Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to our newest fundraising partner! Continue reading