Cued speech is a system of communication used with and among deaf or hard-of-hearing people. It is a phonemically based system that makes traditionally spoken languages accessible by using a small number of handshapes (representing consonants) in different locations near the mouth (representing vowels). When synchronized with the normal mouth movements of speech the cues create a unique representation of each phoneme of a traditionally spoken language. The system is visual; no degree of hearing is required to access the complete message. It has been adapted to 65 different languages and is now used to address a variety of language, speech, communication and learning needs. To learn more, visit the National Cued Speech Association website, www.cuedspeech.org.
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