Destin site of National Cued Speech Association meetings

Special to The Log

Families with deaf children, professionals, teachers of the deaf and service providers will converge on Destin as the National Cued Speech Association sponsors a weekend of activities.

Local resident and business owner Shannon Howell of Henderson Inn began using Cued Speech with his deaf daughter when she was a youngster. The experience changed their family’s life. 

“Cued Speech enabled our daughter to be mainstreamed and have the same language and education as her hearing peers,” said Howell. “I am amazed more people don’t know about it.”

Encouraged by her incredible progress, Howell is now president of the National Cued Speech Association, and shares his appreciation of Cued Speech with families across the nation and how it changed his family’s life and his daughter’s educational future.

The NCSA will have its board meeting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25-26 at Henderson Inn and sponsor a weekend of activities at the Emerald Grande. Families with deaf children will converge on Destin from the surrounding states and as far away as New Orleans.

 Schedule includes a Cued Speech class for beginners from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 25-26 at Emerald Grande; free, but registration required at

An Instructor Certification Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25-26 at Emerald Grande. Fee and registration required at or visit

Join the NCSA and cuers from around the country for an evening of fun at 7 p.m. April 26 at John Wehner's Village Door Nightclub at Baytowne Wharf.