Welcome to the "Give Literacy a Hand"
Read-a-thon Website

The "Give Literacy a Hand" Read-a-thon, sponsored by the National Cued Speech Association, is a new community service project designed to raise awareness about Cued Speech, deafness and literacy.
beginning quoteBooks are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.end quote
Charles W. Eliot, The Happy Life, 1896
The Read-a-thon will take place during the month of October after a celebratory kickoff during Deaf Awareness Week in the last week of September. We hope to actively reach out to populations never before accessible to us, and to help communities realize that literacy is an important issue facing the deaf.

The Read-a-thon hopes to:
  • Raise awareness about Cued Speech, deafness and literacy
  • Support Cued Speech programs across the country, and their school systems
  • Encourage students to read books, and develop their literacy skills
  • Develop new partnerships with corporations, influential persons, authors,
    and other nonprofit organizations and the public at large

"Give Literacy a Hand" Read-a-thon provides an opportunity for students to improve their reading skills while helping their schools earn money for educational purposes, and for helping advance deaf literacy.

We are excited to have the support of the following authors – Laura Numeroff, Henry Kisor, J. Parrish Lewis and Jean Craighead George!  Check out the endorsements page for their pictures and comments!

UPDATE: The ability for new schools to sign up to participate in this October 2010 Read-a-Thon has begun. Contact readathon@cuedspeech.org for more information.


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