…an interview with Samantha
Back in October we wrote about Cue Camp Virginia, oneof the many Cued Speech camps located throughout the country, and the particular camp that one of our own GCCC students, Samantha, attended. [read post here]
We sat down and spoke with Samantha a little bit about the Cue Camp and her life using cued speech.
Since I was 3 years old so about 17 years.
Why do you attend the camp?
I attend Cue Camp Virginia to see old friends, meet new deaf people, hang out, cue and enjoy the activities that they have.
What do you do at camp?
The camp has different activities like canoeing, a bonfire where we roast marshmallows while someone usually plays the guitar, a dance on Saturday night and a lot of other games.
What do you learn from the camp?
People who are new to the camp come to learn about cued speech and learn how to cue.
What do you gain from the camp?
I already know how to cue so I really go to see all my friends and hopefully meet new friends and just to have a good time. The camp teaches people about cued speech and teaches them how to cue. They also have a few different professionals speak on deaf-related issues.
Do the same people attend every year?
Yes but there are always new people every year.
Do you continue contact with the other campers after leaving the camp?
Yes I still keep in touch with them after leaving cue camp. We either text or talk on Facebook.
Does your family attend thecmap as well, or do you attend by yourself?
My mom and I have been attending cue camp since I was 3. This year 2010, my boyfriend Bryan and I flew by ourselves together.
What have been some of your best experiences from the camp?
Meeting and making friends with people from all over the world and learning about their backgrounds and what led them to come to Cue Camp.
Do you have a most memorable moment
My most memorable moment is the dance that we always have on Saturday night. It just a lot of fun!
Do you have a most embarrassing moment you would like to share?
I don’t think I recall any embarrassing moment at cue camp.
Do you get more interaction with other deaf or hard of hearing individuals at the camp than you normally do in everyday life?
Do you meet many other cuers outside of the camp?
Not here in Panama City, but in Virginia where I used to live, there were a lot of people who cues there.
I know that Virginia is where you are originally from, how has the move to Florida been different from your life in Virginia?
There isn’t any differences.
How is the deaf community you interacted with in Virginia different from the deaf community you interact with here in Panama City?
In Virginia, there was an organization called Tidewater Association for Hearing Impaired Children. They had a lot of social events to go to. I haven’t heard of any organizations like that here in Panama City.
Have you attended any of the other carious cue camps offered around the nation?
I’ve attended Cue Camp in Maryland and North Carolina. There are also other cue camps in Maine, New York, Utah and Illinois.
Why choose to learn cued speech as opposed to American Sign Language or some other sign system?
I was 3 years old and my mother chose to do cued speech and I’m glad she did. I feel like it has helped my grammar and helped me to be more vocal.
Do all the members of your family know Cued Speech? Do they all communicate with you using cued speech?
Besides my mom, my dad knows a little Cued Speech but we read lips all the time. My cochlear implant helps me to hear some.
Are you fluent in American Sign Language or another sign system?
I am not fluent but I know some sign language.
Do you feel that knowing or not knowing another sign system gives you an advantage/disadvantage in communicating with the hearing community?
Cued Speech has helped me learn to read better and also has helped be speak better and become a better lip reader, so I’d have to say knowing cued speech has given me an advantage. I know some sign language but I don’t feel that I’m at a disadvantage just because I’m not fluent in it.
Are you able to interact in the hearing community without an interpreter? If so, how?
Yes, as long as it’s speaking one on one and not in a large group with people all talking at one time. I just speak to them and if they don’t understand then I say it again. If I don’t understand them then I ask them if they could repeat it. People who talk real fast are hard for me to understand and even if an interpreter is cueing for me it’s still too hard to see the cues that fast.
Is there anything else you would like people to know about Cued Speech and/or Cue Camp Virginia?
The website that you posted is very explanatory about Cued Speech. Cue Camp Virginia is a lot of fun whether you cue or sign or even if you don’t know either one. It’s a fun and relaxing place to learn about Cued Speech.