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Cued Speech "Beyond-the-Basics" adult practice sessions now being held in conjunction with the Arlington A.C.E.S. summertime Friday night classes from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

When?: FRIDAYS: June 14 – August 2, 6PM - 8PM

(Attendance at all sessions is not required. During adult classes, children will attend age-appropriate Cued Speech & ASL classes.)

Address: 2110 Washington Boulevard, Rooms 101/103, Arlington, VA 22204;**Enter classroom area through Parking Garage lower level**

Email info@nvcsa.org with names of adult attendees, and names and ages of children participating in classes.


Thank you to our friends at Kona-Ice of Annandale and Burke, Trung Dinh and his lovely cousin Louise, for supporting the FCPS picnic for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and their families on Sunday, June 9th. Kona-Ice donated a$200  package of Kiddie Kona flavored ice cups, serving over 70 attendees! A few sprinkles did nothing to diminish the delicious fun!

Thank you to everyone who participated in DoMore24 2019. This amazing 24-hour online fundraiser, powered by United Way of the National Capital Area, has made a huge impact on our ability to fund NVCSA activities and advocacy, as well as keep costs down for Cue Camp Virginia!  If you missed the campaign but would still like to donate, you can do so by selecting the DONATE button right here on this page!


Save the Date! Cue Camp Virginia 2019 will be Friday-Monday, October 11-14!


Cue Camp 2018

Cue Camp Virginia 2018 from NVCSA on Vimeo.

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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