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CUED AMERICAN ENGLISH - Adult Beginner Classes Now Forming to start on January 31!

If you are the Parent of a deaf child, Teacher, SLP, Audiologist, relative, Deaf/HoH Adult, or are interested in working with deaf students, you are invited to attend FREE classes to learn Cued American English.

To register, email Beth Blair at BCBlair@fcps.edu.

Introduction and First Class on 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

6:30-8:00 pm

Classes will be held on Thursdays for 8 weeks; 

Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes. 

These FREE classes are held at

W.T. Woodson High School

9525 Main Street Fairfax, VA22031

**Attendees MUST register by email.**

Room number and other information will be emailed after you register.

What is Cued Speech? Cued Speech is a visual system of communication which allows a deaf person access to the phonemes (sounds) of a spoken language. In Cued American English, the 40 phonemes that combine to form all words in spoken English are represented with 8 hand shapes used in 4 placements around the face. Cued American English is used with many deaf students in Fairfax County Public Schools and throughout the United States. For more details about Cued Speech, visit https://www.cuedspeech.org.

For questions or to register, please contact Beth Blair at



Cue Camp 2018

Slideshow showing highlights from this years Cue Camp!

Cue Camp Virginia 2018
from NVCSA on Vimeo.

TEDx Presentation on Cued Speech

TEDx presentation on Cued Speech given during the summer of 2015 by Cathy Rasmussen, an educator with expertise in language and communication.

Photos from Cue Camp 2017

If you weren't there, here's what you missed:

Link to NVCSA SlickPic page with more option: Cue Camp 2017

What is Cued Speech?

The first CueMom - 1985

What is Cued Speech?

Cued Speech is a system consisting of one hand synchronized with the natural mouth movements of spoken language. In English the hand shows eight different hand shapes, representing 25 different con- sonant sounds, used in four placements around the mouth, representing 15 unique vowel sounds.

Cueing handshapes

Cued Speech helps the deaf person attach meaning to auditory information and helps to clarify the phonology of the spoken language.

Can Cued Speech Be Used With Other Communication Systems?

YES! Cued Speech complements all the various auditory and signed language approaches. The typical deaf cuer is flexible, able to communicate with speech, speechreading, Cued Speech, and signed language.

Why Should Cued Speech Be Used?

Literacy is the original and primary goal of Cued Speech, by providing the appropriate phonemic language base for learning to read. Cued Speech also supports the development of lipreading, auditory discrimination, and speech.

Cued Speech has been adapted to more than 65 different languages and dialects. Cued Speech associations and centers are located around the world.

RESEARCH AND THEORY SUPPORT CUED SPEECH (Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet University, Fall 2003, Vol 5. Iss. 1)


What is NVCSA?

The Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association (NVCSA) provides Education, Advocacy and Support for families and professionals who choose to use Cued Speech with deaf or hard of hearing children.

Young girls at Cue Camp.

NVCSA sponsors family-oriented get-togethers throughout the year, as well as periodic informational events. NVCSA volunteers plan and staff Cue Camp Virginia, a family learning weekend held annually over the Columbus Day weekend to provide Cued Speech instruction and a sense of community to families and professionals who choose to use Cued Speech.    

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