“At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago” – Frances Hodgson Burnett
Cued Speech is a type of communication based on the phonemes and properties of traditionally spoken languages. Cueing allows users with hearing loss or people with language/communication disorders to access the basic, fundamental properties of spoken languages through their eyes. Maryvonne and Remy Zimmermann are the founders of DATHA, a French association who works with children with hearing loss and promotes the cued speech method. Maryvonne introduced Alessandro Sala to many families in France associated with DATHA. During his trips to France, he lived with those families and shared their silence, witnessing their everyday life under the maze of isolation, but also their strength and determination to demolish those walls. The dictionary’s definition of silence is: “silence in social interaction is the absence of speech”; with cued speech, this is no longer true.
Printed in Italy, 2013