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What's happening in Northern Virginia?

Ongoing Cued Speech Classes and Practice Sessions in Prince William County! Classes and practice sessions are held monthly (Friday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m.) at Louise A. Benton Middle School, 7411 Hoadly Rd, Manassas. Drop in at any session; all levels welcome! Contact Jennifer Cranston for upcoming dates, at jennifer.cranston@gallaudet.edu .

HLAA Walk4Hearing Update:  It was great for NVCSA to be an Alliance Agency for the 2017 Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) DC Walk4Hearing.  Thank you to everyone who walked or sponsored Molly Stefanson's team, Hi, I Cue! Over $700 in shared revenue was returned to NVCSA.  These funds will be used to sponsor NVCSA family events and Cue Camp Virginia. Save the date for a great family event: HLAA Walk4 Hearing 2018 will be held Saturday, October 20, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD.

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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