International award for Dartmouth-based charity
A charity has received international recognition for its work.
Cued Speech Association UK , which is headquartered in Dartmouth, supports the families of deaf children and uses just eight handshapes in four positions near the mouth to clarify the invisible or ambiguous lip-patterns of speech.
In this way it creates a visual version of speech, so that deaf children can understand and use English – or any other spoken language.
In 1999, Anne Worsfold, who has two deaf sons who were brought up with Cued Speech, took over the near bankrupt charity and ran it part-time from her home.
Currently employing five part-time staff, the charity now has a wide range of information materials, free e-learning, a summer school and courses running UK-wide.
Cued Speech was devised 50 years ago and the National Cued Speech Association of the USA celebrated with a three-day international conference near Washington DC.
There were wide-ranging presentations and presenters and delegates from around the world, including a large number of adults who had grown up with Cued Speech.
International presentations included the use of Cued Speech in Belgium, Iran, the Philippines, Ethiopia and France. International and American-based presentation subjects included literacy, early language, the use with poetry, new research and the use of Cued Speech with sign languages.
There was also a gala evening with presentations to recognise the excellent and innovative work of individuals and organisations.
Anne, and the charity she runs, was one of three Europeans receiving an award. She said she was thrilled to receive the award and paid tribute to the charities supporters, to the excellent individuals in the Dartmouth office, and to tutors around the UK, who ensure that the charity is able to continue to help parents of deaf children.