It is with great expectations that I accept my new role as Editor-in-Chief of On Cue. I have always enjoyed receiving the newsletter in the mail, fondling the pages and ravenously reading articles about goings on in our community. It is one much larger than people sometimes realize—an international network of teachers, transliterators, parents and deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the Dominican Republic, England, Japan, Iran, Norway, and so on.
But even as Cued Speech permeates other parts of the world, it is on somewhat of a decline in our country. With the improvement of assistive technologies like digital hearing aids and cochlear implants, we are seeing more parents opt for the oral-aural method. What’s more, there is a correlative diminishing awareness of the significance of Cued Speech in the United States in early intervention language development. Advocating for Cued Speech has therefore never been more important than it is now.
Fortunately, advocacy efforts still abound. As you’ll read in this issue, Aaron Rose and his wife, Mary-Beth, have created an NCSA affiliate in Colorado. Further, a new Cued Speech association is burgeoning in Iran, initiated by Guita Movallali. And finally, there are new members on our board who are keen to bring new life to our organization. Let the great world spin.
That said, I cannot stress enough to you how important it is that we keep connected with one another as a community. With the advent of information-sharing networks in the form of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and so on and so forth, we cannot afford to fall back on age-old methods of communicating.
In the midst of the quiet National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) members have experienced as of late, On Cue members and NCSA board members have been deliberating on our next move. We have a lot of ideas circulating here, and we would love to hear from you on how to be a more present force and resource in your lives.
Please contact me here at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.
Sarah Segal is a deaf adult cuer and Special Education Paraeducator in the Cued Speech program at Flower Valley
Elementary School in Rockville, MD. She loves traveling, a good book, and is fairly obsessed with her pets.