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Topic Tuesday: The Versatility and Benefits of Cued Language

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Nov. 15 at 7 pm

“The Versatility and Benefits of Cued Language”
Speakers: Kitri Kyllo and Courtney Poole, National Cued Speech Association

Through a combination of linguistic demonstrations, video, and sharing of learner results, this presentation by a native deaf cuer and a D/HH program administrator provides an introduction to cued language through the system of Cued Speech and its benefits for access to the language of the home and language and literacy development. The presentation addresses how cued language benefits children who are deaf or hard of hearing, regardless of hearing level or type of amplification that may be used, how cued language differs from other manual systems, how the use of cued language can co-exist with listening and spoken language and American Sign Language modes of communication, and resources and contact information to seek further information.

Kitri Kyllo served 40 years in D/HH education, the last 26 years as Assistant Director of the D/HH Program in Intermediate School District 917, Minnesota, which serves learners B-21. Prior to becoming an administrator, she worked at the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, was a certified Sign Language Interpreter, Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing and worked at Västanviks Folkhögskola for D/HH adults in Sweden. As an administrator, she led a team of professionals who demonstrated for 25 years that a public school program can provide a bilingual-access program for learners who are deaf/hard of hearing to acquire skills in both American Sign Language and English language and literacy via spoken/Cued American English. Kitri wrote the chapter, A Bilingual (ASL and Cued American English) Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Theory to Practice in the 2010 textbook, Cued Speech and Cued Language for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. The ISD 917 D/HH Program was also featured in a 2007 PBS Reading Rockets episode on literacy. Kitri has provided numerous presentations on the significant benefits of using cued language at the local, state, and national level, and currently serves on the National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) board in the positions of Upper Plains Regional Representative and Acting Organization Liaison.

Courtney Poole is an adult native cuer in Locust, NC, just outside of Charlotte. She graduated from St. Andrews University with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Equine Studies. She currently works for BAYADA Home Health Care as a Manager for the Habilitation Practice. She is also the Co-Director of Spring Cue Camp Cheerio and is involved with the North Carolina Cued Speech Association. In her spare time she enjoys riding and showing her horses, spending time with her family and hiking with her dogs. Courtney currently serves on the National Cued Speech Association (NCSA) board in the position of Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative.

*For this Topic Tuesday webinar, we will have both an ASL interpreter and a Cued Speech Transliterator on the call. For the most accessible viewing experience, we recommend watching on a desktop or laptop computer so that you can see the interpreters and speakers. On a mobile device, you will not be able to control what you see.*



November 15
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm