Cue Cognatio is actively working on the following projects:
Spring Camp Cheerio, originally founded as Cue Camp Cheerio in 1984, serves children with hearing loss and their families every year. Cue Cognatio aims to explore the history of the cue camp and how it has evolved from its original form as a cue camp to an inclusive camp for all children with hearing loss.
The person behind Cued Speech, Dr. R. Orin Cornett, originally was a physicist who had taught at Oklahoma Baptist University, Penn State, and Harvard before eventually becoming Director of Higher Education at the U.S. Office of Education. While at the U.S. Office of education, Dr. Cornett read about the literacy levels of deaf and hard of hearing students. Realizing that this population did not have direct visual access to spoken language, he took it upon himself to devise a system that was effective in conveying spoken language in real time with accuracy.
Today his legacy can be seen in the existence of multiple cue camps and thousands of cuers across the world whose lives have been impacted positively by Dr. Cornett’s vision for bolstering the literacy levels of the deaf and hard of hearing population. Cue Cognatio would like to honor the memory of Dr. Cornett by helping the public to understand what kind of person he was and what drove him to take on the cause of literacy among children with hearing loss.
- Dr. R. Orin Cornett Virtual Library: Cue Cognatio aims to create a digital library in Dr. Cornett’s memory, much similar to the concept of presidential libraries, only in the virtual realm. We are working to digitize historical footage which would be accessible online.
- Feature Film Documentary: Cue Cognatio desires to trace Dr. Cornett’s journey from Driftwood, Oklahoma to Laurel Springs, Maryland in exploring the roots of his life and what motivated him to come up with Cued Speech.
- Biography: Using research compiled for the feature film, Cue Cognatio plans to publish a text biography as a narrative of the journey that led Dr. Cornett to Gallaudet University.
Inspired by #CueTwista, Cue Cognatio envisions a new genre of visual art in the form of cuesic, taking the same tenets of music theory and applying it to cueing as a visual mode. Because Cued Speech easily conveys the speech sounds of spoken language, cuesic is essentially an extension of the lyrical experience of music.
The world’s first professionally produced cuesic video – “Go” by Twista, featuring cuers