Reasons For Choosing Cued Speech

by Polly Earl and Pam Beck reasons-for-choosing-cued-speech The first time Salena Ashton heard about Cued Speech was from an educator of the deaf in Texas. Her then newborn daughter, Rachel, was born with Treacher-Collins syndrome and bilateral microtia and atresia. Since she had essentially no outer ears and no openings to her ear canals, she had no access to sound for learning language. Rachel underwent extensive surgeries Continue reading

Illinois School for the Deaf Pilots Use of Cued Speech

by Charlie Musser Against longstanding tradition held among schools for the deaf, which typically advocate ASL-only or ASL/written English bilingual education, the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) began using Cued Speech in selected high school classrooms for reading and language instruction in 2010. After observing increases in reading levels, they expanded its use into selected elementary school classrooms. Continue reading

Grayson Clamps Breakthrough Cochlear Implant Surgery and Aftermath

by Sarah Segal gents standing In mid-June, a CNN video of the first child in the country to receive an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) went viral. While social media networks exploded with chatter about three-year old Grayson Clamp of Charlotte, North Carolina and his new implant activation, there was no mention of the communication modality Grayson uses in his everyday life, which is Cued Speech. Considering Grayson Clamps breakthrough cochlear implant surgery and how well he is doing afterwards through his parent’s use of Cued Speech, it’s surprising that the media has not picked this up and run with it. Continue reading

Editor’s Notes – Fall ’13 – Sanjay Guptas report on Grayson Clamp

by Sarah Segal From ABC Family’s Switched at Birth season finale in August, which eatures a teenaged deaf character to CNN Correspondent Sanjay Guptas report on Grayson Clamp, the first child in the country to receive an auditory brainstem implant (ABI), “deafness” is a trending topic in the mainstream media these days. But there’s so much more to know.

For instance, you may not have known that Grayson Clamp, the first American child to receive the ABI, uses Continue reading

Cornett Scholarship Winner Pursues Degree at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

by Tammy Lamb gents standing The NCSA’s Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce Ann Mochinski of Fairfax, VA, as the 2013 R. Orin Cornett Memorial Scholarship winner. Cornett, the inventor of Cued Speech, dedicated his life to increasing communication, language, and literacy skills among deaf and hard-of-hearing children. While this award honors his memory, it is also intended to provide monetary assistance to accomplished deaf cuers pursuing higher education. Mochinksi is a testament to the Cornett legacy because Continue reading

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

CLT Certification a Top Priority for Recent Scholarship Winner

by Zainab Alkebsi The 2011 winner of the Cornett Scholarship stood out from the other applicants as a zealous and forward-looking Cued Speech advocate. As Jason Gorny explicates in his winning application, “Cued Speech has been a lifeline for me to literacy, so I will advocate, network, and educate others about the benefits of using Cued Speech. I believe that I can use my experience with Cued Speech to help others believe in it as a means of teaching language and communication, not only to the Continue reading

Remembering a Supporter: Mary Ann Lachman

by Hilary Franklin In January, the Cued Speech community lost one of its most ardent supporters when Mary Ann Lachman, mother to native deaf cuer Ben Lachman, died after having battled cancer for nine years. Mary Ann and her husband founded the Ronald and Mary Ann Lachman Foundation in 1989, which has supported projects that directly impact the advocacy of Cued Speech, including projects and camps for the NCSA, videos, and the Cuers for Leadership, Education, and Advocacy Retreat (CLEAR). Continue reading

Cueing in the Middle East: Cued Persian Developed in Iran

by Sarah Segal In one of the largest cities in Western Asia, Cued Speech is slowly but surely garnering the attention of scholars, deaf education professionals, and parents of deaf children. Guita Movallali (/gi’ ta mo væl læ’ li/) of Tehran, the capital of Iran, says that she developed Persian Cued Speech to help deaf Iranians “learn better and have full access to Continue reading