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From the Archives

AISAC is pleased to offer access to a selection of our historical documents that give a glimpse into the early work on cued language. 

The members of the International Academy wish to express our deepest gratitude to Pam Beck who donated a significant collection of correspondence, historical cue charts, audio lessons, and Cornett's own notes so that we may share them here with you. 

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Charts & Papers

The earliest adaptations of Cued Speech for other languages were devised by Cornett with guidance from native speakers. This gallery displays many versions in their early draft form. In some cases, Cornett's handwritten notes can be seen in the margins. Available background information can be accessed by hovering over or clicking on an image. Please be advised that these documents may not reflect the final form of an adaptation and, therefore, should not be used for instruction as revisions may have been made.

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Audio Lessons

Intrigued by technology, Cornett held several patents for his inventions. His Autocuer glasses used speech recognition to project light "cues" onto the lens for deaf wearers and were cutting edge for their time. Cornett also sought to incorporate technology in instruction. Audiocassettes were introduced with lessons for hearing adults. Inaccessible to individuals who are deaf, they highlight a different time our community. Cueing was seen as a tool to be learned by hearing parents for their deaf children. Those children are now grown and so have our perspectives. Audio lessons were recorded in more than 25 languages and could be ordered from Gallaudet College (now University).

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"If a person wishes to accomplish the greatest things that he is capable of accomplishing, he must form within himself a vision…”

Dr. R. Orin Cornett

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