NCSA Awards 2023 Cornett Memorial Scholarship Announcement

Established in 1997, the R. Orin Cornett Scholarship Fund was created to aid qualified students who are deaf or hard of hearing to continue their education past high school. Scholarships are not based on need.

We are proud to announce that Mena Sileshi of Olney, Maryland is the winner of the $1,000 NCSA R. Orin Cornett Scholarship for 2023. She plans to attend Towson University in the fall with a major in Information Systems.

The Auditory Specialist at Rockville High School, where Mina attended, had this to say about her: “Throughout her high school years, Mena has been a leader and helper for staff and students. Courtesy of her Cued Speech transliterators, she accessed a wide variety of academic classes, including Advanced Placement courses, International Cuisine and a variety of athletic classes. Mena is a strong public speaker who believes in the benefits of Cued Speech. She reflects back on her life so far and acknowledges how Cued Speech has helped her with vocabulary all along. She attacks collegiate vocabulary by looking for root words, sounding them out then quickly identifying and memorizing these new words. Mena has come into her own, communicating effectively in all situations presented to her. As a member of the Teen Panel, Mena spoke to parents of young toddlers with hearing loss, easing the parents’ worries and concerns“.

Mena shared that her journey with Cued Speech has helped her overcome challenges with background noises and fast speech, improving communication and self-advocacy, leading to increased self-confidence. She said “Cueing specifically helped me when I was young because I had a lot of trouble with background noises and understanding people when they talk fast. So, I had friends and teachers that also did cued speech as well and that’s what helped me get to where I am today. I decided to engage with people every day and build the habit of asking them to repeat anything I’ve missed without hesitation… The more I do this, the easier it gets for me. I’ve become more comfortable with asking questions if I don’t understand something and advocating for my needs without being shy… The biggest achievement I’m proud to mention is the progress I’ve made regarding my confidence–now I know that it’s not worth hiding who I am.

Great news! If you or someone you know will be eligible for the 2024 R. Orin Cornett Scholarship, the application will go live early next year. Don’t miss out on this opportunity, and be sure to check the link here for more details.

National Spring Board Meeting and Cueing Workshops

Spring Board Meeting in New Orleans

April 27 – 30, 2023
Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Two Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The National Cued Speech Association, Spring Board Meeting, will be in New Orleans, LA. In addition to the two-day meeting, the NCSA will offer Special Programming, a Basic Instructor Certification Workshop, an Instructor of Cued Speech National Certification Exam, Cueing for Beginners, Cues on Tap, and more!

While the French Quarter is undoubtedly a highlight of New Orleans, this vibrant city has so much more to offer beyond its famous historic district. From the jazz clubs and art galleries of the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods to the stunning architecture and lush gardens of the Garden District, New Orleans is a city of diverse and colorful communities, each with its own unique character and charm.

We invite you to experience the unique character of a region that seamlessly blends its rich past with the present.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, April 27 – Special Programming

  • 12:00-2:30 pm:
    Topic: Using Cued Speech in an English/ASL Bilingual Program for Deaf Students. Presenter: Angela Kuhn is a principal in the elementary and junior/senior high programs at the Illinois School for the Deaf. Click here to register and learn more about the presenter and the presentation topic.
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm:
    Topic: CLEAR for Professionals: How to Support Families who Want to Know More About Cueing.
    Presenter: Hilary Franklin is a native cuer & signer, 1st deaf NCSA-certified Cued Speech instructor. Director of Reps at NCSA teaches & presents at conferences.
    Click here to register and learn more about the presenter.

Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29 – Meetings and Classes at Hilton New Orleans Riverside

  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm: Board Meeting.
  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm: InsCert Basic Instructor Workshop. Register here.
  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm: Cueing for Beginners. Click here to register and learn more about the details and instructor, Tom Shull.
    Scholarships for families of Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children are available, please inquire at email
  • 6:30 pm: Cues on Tap at St Vincent Hotel Paradise Lounge & Courtyard

Sunday, April 30 – Classes at Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Enjoy New Orleans, LA


The NCSA has reserved limited rooms at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Two Poydras Street, New Orleans.

We recommend booking your room soon to avoid unavailability.

Hotel: Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Click here to reserve a room.

Dates: April 27 -30, 2023

Rate: $239 plus tax

Address: Two Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: (504) 561-0500

National Fall Training Seminars & Board Meeting

October 20-23, 2022

The National Cued Speech Association Fall Board Meeting will be in Portland, Maine. In addition to the two-day meeting, the NCSA will also offer a Basic Instructor Certification Workshop, Instructor of Cued Speech National Certification Exam, Introduction to Cueing class, Cues On Tap networking event, and more!

With its heady mixture of artistic and outdoor adventures, our region is stylish and sophisticated yet remains genuine and unpretentious—a place where grey flannel and plaid flannel can coexist. And underlying the latest tech, fashion, and culinary scene is a deep sense of continuity.

We invite you to experience the character of a region that blends the present with a very special past.

Portland, ME Area Map

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 20

  • Attendees arrive
  • Check-in at hotel

Friday, October 21 – Meetings and Classes at the University of Southern Maine

Saturday, October 22 – Meetings and Classes at the University of Southern Maine

Sunday, October 23 – Classes and InsCert Exam at the University of Southern Maine

Enjoy Portland, ME


The NCSA has reserved a limited number of rooms at the TRU by Hilton hotel in Portland, ME. We recommend booking your room soon to avoid unavailability. Registration link coming soon.

Hotel: TRU by Hilton

Dates: October 20-23

Rate: $209 plus tax ROOMS SOLD OUT

Address: 369 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME 04106

Phone: (207) 221-3131 (Be sure to mention the NCSA group rate)

2022 Cuemmunity Events


National Fall Board Meeting & Training Seminars

October 20-23, 2022

Learn More


Cue Camp Mechuwana: August 14-19, 2022

Winthrop, Maine

Download Flyer | Register

Contact the Camp Board: Email


Spring Camp Cheerio: May 13-15, 2022

Camp Cheerio, Roaring Gap, NC

Website | Download Brochure | Register

Contact the Camp Board: Email

April – May

NVCSA Beginning Cued Speech Class: April 21-May 16, 2022

Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm Eastern, via Zoom

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There is no prerequisite for this course. Class consists of 8 sessions held twice weekly on Monday and Thursday evenings. Participants will learn and practice the entire Cued American English system and will receive the tools needed to implement it independently.

Flyer for NVCSA Beginner Cued Speech Class

National Fall Board Meeting & Training Seminars

October 20-23, 2022

Learn More

March – May

Cued Speech Association of New England
Spring 2022 Online Classes, beginning late March

Introduction to Cued American English
Mondays, 6:00-8:00pm Eastern
March 28–May 2

Continuing Cueing: On the Road to Fluency
Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm Eastern
March 24–May 12

Intermediate Cueing Skill Development
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm Eastern
April 13–May 18

Cueing Practice Sessions for Advanced Cuers
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern
March 8–April 12

Download Flyer | Registration Form | Email CSANE


NCSA Webinar with Sarina Roffé – What is Cued Speech?

Join us for the first webinar, “What is Cued Speech” with Sarina Roffé on January 11, 2022, at 8 pm ET.

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NCSA’s logo Title: Join us for the first of our new webinar series! An image of a flyer. January Webinar Join us in this webinar and meet other new and experienced cures! What is Cued Speech January 11, 2022 at 8pm ET Sarina Roffé presents the how and why cueing was developed and why it is effective at increasing literacy among children who are deaf/hard of hearing. She will discuss how hearing children learn language and then reading as compared to the path for deaf children. In particular, communication in the home will be stressed as the foundation for literacy. In a 5-minute segment– “A Taste of Cued Speech,” participants will learn how words are put together with cues and how to read the Cued Speech chart. The presentation will include personal anecdotes, myths and opportunities for interactive discussions. CLTs will be provided. Contact Suhad Keblawi ( if any other accommodations are needed.

Cued Speech Association of New England
Winter 2022 Online Classes, beginning in January

Introduction to Cued American English
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm Eastern
January 6–February 10

Continuing Cueing for Beginning Cuers
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm Eastern
January 4–February 22

Intermediate Cueing Skill-building
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm Eastern
January 12–February 16

Registration Form | Email CSANE

2022 NCSA Webinar Series

The NCSA has launched a monthly webinar series with a different topic each month. All webinars will take place on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm Eastern time. Check this page for upcoming 2023 webinars.

January 118:00 PMWhat Is Cued Speech? Sarina RofféFlyer
February 88:00 PMHow Cued Speech Supports Language and Literacy DevelopmentDonna MorereFlyer | Watch now
March 88:00 PMMeet a Former NCSA Scholarship WinnerNCSA
April 58:00 PMYour Home Is a Learning LaboratorySarina RofféFlyer | Registration
May 108:00 PMLearn about the DCLP Kits!Rachel McAnallen
Amy Ruberl
Polly Earl
Watch now
Sept. 138:00 PMThe use of Cued Speech with Children with Disabilities other than DeafnessDr. Donna MorereRegister Here
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Oct. 118:00 PMVisual Supports for Literacy: Comparing Cued Language and Visual PhonicsDr. Cathy RasmussenRegister Here
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