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Introduction to Cued American English - FREE three-week Beginning Cued Speech classes at the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Persons in Fairfax, VA

Class Dates: Tuesdays, 6:00pm-9:45pm June 5, June 12, and June 19 -OR- Saturdays, 2:00pm-5:45pm* June 9, June 16, and June 30. (Most weeks, the Tu and Sat classes are interchangeable, for added flexibility. Check with the instructor.)  *Childcare will be available during the Saturday sessions only, if required and requested in advance.

Cued Speech is a mode of communication that allows for clear, unambiguous, visual access to spoken languages. Eight handshapes and four vowel placements, synchronized with natural mouth movements, represent all of the phonemes (sounds) in the English language. Cued Speech was created with the goal of increasing literacy among deaf students, and with early and consistent exposure, it has proven to do just that. Cued language can pair well with a bilingual approach to deaf education using ASL, or with cochlear implants and other Listening/Spoken Language strategies, as it uses the same target language.

In this class, participants will learn the entire Cued American English system, and will be able to cue anything in the English language (slowly).

Class location: Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, 3951 Pender Dr #130, Fairfax, Va.

To register, email Angela Laptewicz at alaptewicz@cuedspeech.org. 


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)


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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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