National Cued Speech Association

2006 Leadership Award Recipients

NCSA Cueing Leadership Award

Cueing Leadership Award is presented for excellence and innovative leadership, promoting the use of Cued Speech in the education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Presented on July 22, 2006.

Amy CrumrineAmy Crumrine learned how to cue when she was about five years old while attending the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland where she used Cueing transliterators through high school. She learned how to sign as she entered middle school. After high school, she attended Lenoir Rhyne College in North Carolina. During her first year there, she decided she wanted to learn more about the deaf community and its culture. She transferred to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the home of the National Technical Institute of the Deaf, and for the next seven years she was exposed to the cultural beauty of American Sign Language.

Amy graduated from RIT with a Bachelors degree in Social Work in 1994 and a Masters Degree in Deaf Education in 1997. While she was attending graduate school, she did a thesis on the impact of deaf college cuers who attend universities with a large number of deaf students. Upon graduation from RIT, Amy moved back to Montgomery County, Maryland where she was a part time preschool teacher in the cueing program in Fairfax County, Virginia. After her first child was born, she chose to stay at home. In 2001, she earned a Masters Degree in School Counseling from Gallaudet University. She feels the importance of exposing all options to parents, professionals and people in the deaf related field about different communication options, particularly cueing and signing. Amy is the founder and director of CueSign camp, which has been supported by the NCSA since its inception.
Mary Elsie Daisey Mary Elsie Daisey was the first person to use Cued Speech with a deaf child. She was courageous and proved its worth. A true leaders, Mary Elsie set up the Cued Speech Center in North Carolina and created a new area for cueing to move outward. Throughout her lifetime, she has been a resource to families and professionals who chose to cue.
Earl FleetwoodEarl Fleetwood's work with cued language transliteration began in 1980. His collaboration with Melanie Metzger (and Barbara Williams-Scott, early on) aimed at determining, establishing, and teaching meaningful standards. He has co-authored text books, self-guided video and audio materials, as well as 10 distance-education graduate and undergraduate college courses designed to elucidate and support the application of these standards. Mr. Fleetwood has also co-authored the CLT Code of Conduct, the CLT National Certification Examination, and the CLT State Level Assessment. He is a co-founder of the TECUnit, Inc., and LMI, Inc. Currently, Mr. Fleetwood works as a consultant for Gallaudet University's Department of Interpretation and as a staff interpreter for Sign Language Associates, Inc.
Ron and Mary Ann Lachman, parents of a deaf son, generously funded and tirelessly worked to establish AEHI, a non-profit NCSA affiliate organization that developed a model school program using Cued Speech at the AG Bell Montessori School in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. The Lachmans also brought Cued Speech to the State of Israel and worked to promote its use among the Jewish deaf. They have been generous supporters of many NCSA projects.
Dr. Melanie MetzgerDr. Melanie Metzger's work with cued language transliteration began in 1986. Her collaboration with Earl Fleetwood (and Barbara Williams-Scott, early on) served to define and distinguish the role and function of cueing transliterators in educational settings. In support of teaching this role and function, she has co-authored various text books, self-guided video and audio materials, as well as 10 distance-education graduate and undergraduate college courses specific to cued language transliteration (CLT). Dr. Metzger has also co-authored the CLT Code of Conduct, the CLT National Certification Examination, and the CLT State Level Assessment. She is a co-founder of the TECUnit, Inc., and LMI, Inc. Currently, Dr. Metzger is a professor in Gallaudet University's Master of Arts in Interpretation Program where she teaches ASL/ENG interpreting. She has researched, written, co-authored, and/or edited numerous books, papers, and journal articles on cued language use and signed language interpreting.
Joseph WeissJoseph Weiss was the organizational force in setting up the National Cued Speech Association to create that would allow Cued Speech to spread all across the US, and support families wherever they lived. He worked to create the NCSA and served as its first president in 1983.
Barbara Williams ScottBarbara Williams-Scott was one of the early Cued Speech transliterators, and teachers of the deaf to use Cued Speech. After teaching for many years in Montgomery County, Maryland, she began creating teaching materials and transliterator curricula at Gallaudet College. She defined CS transliteration, developed the first transliterator training and testing program, and published on the topic.
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