Kitri KylloKitri Larson Kyllo recently retired from 40 years in deaf/hard of hearing education, the last 27 years as Assistant Director of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program in Intermediate School District 917, Minnesota. She led a team of professionals who have demonstrated for over 20 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/literacy via spoken/cued English. This team of professionals has contributed to the language, reading, writing, academic, listening, and spoken language skill development of numerous learners in all levels — preschool, elementary, and secondary.
Kitri considers it a gratifying privilege to have been a part of contributing to the ‘gift’ of literacy for these wonderful children, many of whom are now adults. With this experience, Kitri wrote an article in the Fall 2003 Odyssey magazine and the chapter, “A Bilingual (ASL and Cued American English) Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Theory to Practice” in the textbook, Cued Speech and Cued Language for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, edited by LaSasso, Crain, and Leybaert, March 2010, Plural Publishing. The ISD 917 D/HH Program was also featured in a 2007 PBS Reading Rockets episode on literacy.
In conjunction with professionals in the program, countless presentations on the profound benefits of using Cued Speech have been delivered at the local, state and national level to educational professionals, speech/language pathologists, deaf/hard of hearing teacher training programs, interpreter training programs, parent groups and at cue camps.