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Information about Cued Speech

Cued SpeechResearch BibliographyHistory of Cued Speech
Cued Speech is a visual mode of communication that uses hand shapes and hand placements to show the consonants and vowels of spoken language. Each hand shape represents a group of consonants and each hand placement represents a group of vowels.

What looks the same on the mouth must look different on the hand, therefore the hand shapes and hand placements help distinguish between similar-looking speech sounds, or phonemes. For each phoneme, a handshape and hand placement are combined with the mouth shape to visually show the building blocks of spoken language.

An individual can speak and cue at the same time, reinforcing auditory and speech development, while allowing parents and professionals to support language immersion in their native languages.

Because Cued Speech is based on the lingusitic properties of spoken language, most individuals are able to learn the system in a few days or less and become expressively fluent at the sentence level within months.

What is Cued Speech?
Why was Cued Speech invented?
Why should I use Cued Speech?
Receptive Language

Expressive Language

While Director of the Division of Higher Education at the U.S. Office of Education in 1959,  Dr. R. Orin Cornett discovered that the typical reading skills of deaf adults were significantly behind their hearing peers. Motivated by this revelation, Dr. Cornett took a position as Vice President of Long-Range Planning at Gallaudet College (now University) with the goal of researching the challenges deaf and hard of hearing children faced in developing literacy skills.

During the years 1965 to 1966 Dr. Cornett spent time figuring out how to visualize spoken language and eventually came up with a system of showing spoken language using hand shapes and hand placements. He would call it Cued Speech. Leah Lewis became the first child to acquire language through Cued Speech after her family learned to cue and became accessible language  models in the home.

Eventually after more parents started learning to cue, a Cued Speech preschool class was established at Gallaudet University in 1972. Seven years later, an additional track for Cued Speech was added to the deaf and hard of hearing programs in the largest public school districts in Virginia and Maryland – Fairfax County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools, respectively.

Over the next several decades, multiple cue camps would be established to support families and professionals in learning and practicing Cued Speech. The National Cued Speech Association would formally organize conferences and workshops while the TECUnit would maintain national certification for cued language transliterators in the United States.

A significant milestone took place in 2004 when “cued language services” was added to the federal legislation, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The American with Disabilities Act and Section 504 would follow suit with legislative updates to include Cued Speech as a mode of communication for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

In the past fifty years, Cued Speech has established a presence on six continents and has been adapted to over 60 languages and dialects with active use growing across the globe.

Today, Cue College represents the next step in promoting Cued Speech for language and literacy development, speech and auditory skill development, and communication access.

Resources for Practicing and Improving your Cueing

Becoming fluent in Cued American English as well as any other cued language involves a lot of daily practice and attention to accuracy and speed.

Explore the resources we have available for improving your cueing fluency.

Cue ChartsMaterials for Improving FluencyCourses and CueTutor
Stages and Phases in Developing Expressive Cueing Fluency
Stages of Fluency 
Click here to download the Stages of Fluency developed by the Cued Speech Office at Gallaudet University and updated by the National Cued Speech Association.

Phases of Learning to Cue 
Click here to download the Phases of Learning to Cue developed by the Cued Speech Office at Gallaudet University and updated by the National Cued Speech Association . 

CS100 - Introduction to Cued American English
Cue College’s first online course provides an overview of the Cued Speech system and includes all the hand shapes and hand placements associated with each phoneme, or speech sound, of spoken English.

CS 100 takes you through the foundations and mechanics of Cued Speech, with examples of different words cued at each hand placement with each hand shape. Along with an introduction lesson, there are fourteen lessons that cover the phonemes corresponding with each hand shape and hand placement. Each of those lessons include videos that you can watch while practicing your cueing.

You will be able to save your progress and return at another time to complete the course.

Want to improve your cueing? Stay tuned for more information on additional courses and programs, including tutoring and evaluation services.

Credit goes to Individuals with Disabilities Research and Training, Inc. (IDRT) and the National Cued Speech Association for providing the rights to the contents of “I Cue U Cue” (2006), a cd-rom for learning Cued Speech developed by IDRT.

Additional Online Resources
Daily Cues
Created directly from requests and questions from students, DailyCues features a number of resources to help you with your cueing skills. DailyCues is primarily intended for students of Cued English who are preparing for standardized testing.

DailyCues features a dictionary with preferred settings for phonetic spelling and cuenotation as well as videos, although not every word has a video. DailyCues also features a word list generator to help you practice cueing with specific hand shapes and placements or specific word types.

Additional Resources

VideosCued iBooksCued Speech OrganizationsBooks and ArticlesAdditional History

Thanks to generous donors, the National Cued Speech Association has created a number of iBooks featuring cued stories including classics such as “The Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Three Little Pigs.”

The NCSA mission is to champion language, communication and literacy for children who are deaf and hard of hearing through the use of Cued Speech. The iBook Project was supported by our donors to increase literacy and make classic children’s books accessible to children who are deaf and hard of hearing. These classic books are presented with beautiful illustrations, in text, and with cued videos of the actual text. Cued Speech users will be able to have the book ‘read’ to them by fluent cuers. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did producing it!


The National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) presents an adaptation of the classic children’s story, Rumplestiltskin.

My Brother is Special

The National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) presents Peggy A. McGlone’s second original story, My Brother is Special, illustrated by Donna Powers. The story is about a deaf boy with his brother at a baseball game.

Snow White

The National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) presents an adaptation of the classic children’s story, Snow White.

Three Little Pigs

The National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) presents its first iBook, the Three Little Pigs.

Little Red Riding Hood

The National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) presents an adaptation of the classic children’s story, Little Red Riding Hood.

I Have a Special Grandma

The story by Peggy McGlone is about a deaf child who visits her grandmother and helps her practice Cued Speech. During this visit, her window into the world of language and communication opens.

Alice in Wonderland

The National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) presents an adaptation of the classic children’s story, Alice in Wonderland.

Hansel and Gretel

The National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) presents an adaptation of the classic children’s story, Hansel and Gretel.

Affiliates and Chapters of the NCSA
AG Bell Montessori School - Alternatives in Education for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Individuals (AGBMS-AEHI)
CueSign, Inc.
Cued Speech Association of Maine
Cued Speech Maine
Cued Speech Association of Minnesota
Rocky Mountain Cued Speech Association
Maryland Cued Speech Association (MDCSA)
New England Cued Speech Services (NECS)
New York Cued Speech Center
North Carolina Cued Speech Association (NCCSA)
Northern Virginia Cued Speech Association (NVCSA)
University of South Florida Cued Speech Initiative
International Organizatons
United Kingdom
The following tiles are recommended reading for anyone who wants to learn more about Cued Speech and cued language. You may find these available for purchase online through our Cue Store. Click on the blue link to take you directly to the book’s product page.

Cued Speech and Cued Language for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
Choices in Deafness: A Parent's Guide to Communication Options
English as a Foreign Language for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Persons

Visit the R. Orin Cornett Memorial Cued Speech Collection, hosted by Gallaudet University. The collection features publications and materials from the early years of Cued Speech.