Cuemmunity Directory


See who’s in our cuemmunity! Cuers come from all kinds of backgrounds. Here you can connect with cuers, families, and professionals near you or across the country. 

This Cuemmunity Directory lists NCSA members who self-report as Cued Language Transliterators, Instructors of Cued Speech, Volunteer Mentors, and Cueing Business/Service Professionals. NCSA cannot validate or certify claims of Cued Speech skill or proficiency. Directory entries are re-evaluated when the membership of the organization or individual is due for renewal. If you have feedback on Directory listings, contact us!

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Finding an Instructor of Cued Speech

Volunteer Mentors have completed a CLEAR workshop (Cuers for Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Resources).  NCSA does not currently have a Mentor-specific development program.

Individual professionals who report that they are cuers have not necessarily participated in any standardized Cued Speech training or proficiency evaluations. The NCSA cannot endorse the businesses/services offered, nor can it validate self-reported competence in Cued Speech.

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Finding the Right Cued Language Transliterator (CLT)

National certification of Cued Language Transliterators is under the auspices of the Testing, Evaluation and Certification Unit, or TECUnit. National CLT certification is the highest level of standardization and proficiency. Contact the TECUnit for a current list of nationally certified CLTs.
Freelance CLTs who work individually or through agencies have varying degrees of proficiency. Many freelance CLTs previously or simultaneously work in school systems. Some school districts or educational institutions require state-level assessment or qualification of educational interpreters (including CLTs). Visit the website of your state’s Department of Education (Special Education) or Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing services to determine your state’s proficiency requirements. Understanding their evaluation system will help you assess a potential CLT’s proficiency if a specific state level is reported. (National Certification meets or exceeds all state-level proficiency requirements, even though the state-level assessment or qualification is not held by the CLT.)
When selecting a CLT, check the amount and type of experience a prospective CLT has, and ensure that the person is aware of - and can meet - the consumer’s needs. Some questions to ask include:

  • Is the assignment in person or remote? If remote, does the CLT regularly perform remote assignments? The skillset is different from in-person assignments, and the CLT must have appropriate lighting and backdrop.
  • Is the consumer a cochlear implant user and proficient listener who uses the CLT only to fill in missed words? In this case, the CLT should allow a lag between the speaker and the transliteration, monitoring the consumer to determine if content needs to be repeated.
  • Does the consumer read cues in real time, or are slower cueing and paraphrasing required? (This is commonly the case for young children and for others who are new to Cued Speech.)
  • Does the consumer require verbatim cueing of all language? This requires a highly proficient cuer, and may necessitate a team of two or more CLTs.
  • How long is the event? How many people will be involved in discussion? Are there multiple cueing consumers? Again, a team of CLTs may be required.
  • Does the consumer require voicing? Many CLTs are proficient cuers but have less opportunity to practice cue reading and voicing. Ensure that your potential CLT is proficient at voicing if this service is required.

Finding an Instructor of Cued Speech

When looking for instruction in Cued Speech, first check the "Events" page of the NCSA website to determine if there is an NCSA- or Affiliate-sponsored workshop or camp in your area, or an upcoming class on line.
If you want to work individually with an instructor, or schedule a class for your family or professional group, it is best to use an instructor who has been trained and certified by the National Cued Speech Association. Instructors who complete the NCSA certification and professional development process will have certificates or renewal letters that are valid for three years. Cueing rules and mechanics are periodically updated. Individuals who participate in the NCSA Instructor Certification (InsCert) program will be able to provide current, standardized instruction.
When working with someone who is not an NCSA-certified instructor, consider supplementing your instruction with an NCSA-approved digital learning program to ensure standardization.

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