Benjamin Lachman is a native Cuer, Vice President of Fundraising of the National Cued Speech Association, and co-founder of the business Cue Everything. Benjamin was born deaf, so when his parents experienced difficulty learning sign language themselves, they turned to Cued Speech, an enhanced version of lip reading, to teach their son to communicate. However, when Benjamin and his family began using Cued Speech in the 1980s, they were likely the only family in Illinois doing so. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in English from the California Polytechnic State University in 2005 and his Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2015, Benjamin made a point to spread knowledge of Cued Speech, and strived for its inclusivity in daily life. In 2014, Benjamin co-founded his business Cue Everything.
Cue Everything is a new media communications channel that curates and produces creative video content about Cued Speech. Cued Speech uses eight hand shapes that represent consonants and four designated sections around the mouth that create vowels. By speaking and placing hand shapes along the mouth, words are created. The name “Cue Everything” stems from the inclusivity of learning Cued Speech. Benjamin promotes using Cued Speech to children who are deaf and parents of those children because it's simple and quick to learn; it takes just two weeks to master. Cued Speech is a highly effective mode of communication for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a language disorder. Cue Everything gives its viewers an opportunity to learn about people who have Cued Speech and how they live in addition to donating.
Fun Fact: In April of 2014, Cue Everything collaborated with Twista, one of the world’s fastest rappers, to create a music video of Twista’s “Go” using Cued Speech!