NCSA Honorary Lifetime MembershipsHonorary Lifetime Memberships are given to individuals who have committed a minimum of 20 years of ongoing and valuable service to the NCSA, or for important research or publication about Cued Speech, or to individuals whose advocacy has significantly raised the level of Cued Speech recognition and acceptance. In alphabetical order:
Dr. Walter Beaupre (Posthumously) developed the first Cued Speech proficiency test as a result of his extensive use of the system to teach phonetics at the University of Rhode Island. His book Gaining Cued Speech Proficiency has become a classic in Cued Speech literature and established the standard for professional cuers.Dr. Charles Berlin saw the value of Cued Speech for children with hearing loss, Auditory Neuropathy or Auditory Disynchrony, and children who were getting cochlear implants. He encouraged audiologists to recommend Cued Speech to parents and to become involved in their decision process, as he so generously did. He retired in 2002 as Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and Physiology, and Director of the world-renowned Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory at LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He was also a practicing licensed audiologist who saw patients weekly in the audiology clinic he directed which was selected by Family Circle magazine in 1987 as the Best Place in the United States for Hearing Problems. There the families who have hearing impaired children received Cued Speech on their menu of management choices. He has been called the "Teacher's Teacher" and succeeds in making complicated auditory concepts accessible to parents, teachers, hearing aid specialists, as well as his Audiology and Physician students. Dr. Berlin has been a tireless advocate for Cued Speech before numerous professional audiences. He has not only been a pioneer in the identification of auditory neuropathy/disynchrony, he has also personally provided support to parents seeking accurate diagnosis of their children’s hearing difficulties, spending hours on the phone with them, counseling them and directing them to resources. He empowers parents to advocate for their children.