Camp ILA

Camp ILA: Instruction, Literacy, & Access

Thomas Minch presents about ASL, while Jill Burress transliterates.


The Cued Speech Association of Maine, in partnership with CueSign, Inc., CueOn, and Language Matters, Inc., is thrilled to premier Camp ILA—that is, Camp Instruction, Literacy, & Access—which will take place at the fully ADA-accessible Pine Tree Camp in scenic Rome, ME, Friday, October 8, through Monday, October 11, 2021.

This activity is approved for 2.2 ASHA CEUs, 2.3 RID CEUs, and 23 TECUnit CEHs.

Camp ILA is a unique learning experience where professionals and parents can learn or improve their American Sign Language or Cued American English skills by taking a class in one of three tracks: Instruction, Literacy, & Access. 

Professionals in the fields of speech-language pathology, sign language interpreting, cued language transliteration, deaf education, special education, and regular education can all benefit from the learning opportunities provided.

This is an in-person, all-inclusive, adults-only camp learning experience at Pine Tree Camp in Maine. Pine Tree offers a beautiful campus where we will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with traditional camp activities such as boating, a ropes course, and campfires, to name a few, along with opportunities for immersion, community-building, and joy. 

Join us!

Course descriptions:

Kevin Bohlin performs “The Wonky Donkey” in American Sign Language, with Nicole Dobson.


ASL I—Beginner level. No previous knowledge required. Learn the basic rules and structures for comprehension and expression of ASL: signing space, pragmatics, vocabulary, fingerspelling, classifiers, sentence structure, and conversational phrases.

ASL II—Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of signs/ASL required. Expand on the rules and structures for comprehension and expression of ASL. Use basic conversation and participate in simple book sharing.

ASL III—Pre-requisite: Knowledge and use of signs/ASL in basic conversation required. Develop more complex skills for comprehension and expression of ASL. Work on complexity and fluency of language use in conversation and storytelling.

All of Camp ILA’s ASL instructors are Deaf, fluent ASL users with teaching experience.

Stephanie Payonk teaches Cued American English.


Cued Speech for Beginners—No previous knowledge required. Learn the entire Cued Speech system, both receptive and expressive cueing skills.

Cued Speech/Cued Language Application—Pre-requisite: Ability to cue words slowly. Builds on basic introduction to CS with the goal to gain confidence and “cue-municate” more easily. Practice expressive and receptive cueing skills in activities that can be used at home, at work, and play. Build strategies to improve cueing skills on your own and learn about resources for networking and future learning opportunities.

Cued Language Conversation—Ability to cue sentences slowly required. Lead by a native Deaf cuer, cueing and cuereading skills developed and practiced in conversation and other activities to gain fluency.

All of Camp ILA’s Cued Speech and Cued Language instructors have extensive Cued Speech and instructional experience.

Nicole teaching the handshapes of Cued Speech for American English.


Phonological Skills, Phonics & Visual Strategies—No previous knowledge required. 

Reading comprehension is the result of a culmination of complex interactions of language, cognitive, and literacy skills. This class covers the foundational phonological skills for reading and writing. Learn the hierarchy of skills and practice strategies to interpret or teach the skills using the Cued Speech system and materials to provide visual access for all learners including D/deaf and hard of hearing students and English language learners. Various instructional materials will be used for activities. You may also bring the reading/writing curriculum you currently use to implement the new strategies.

Sam Duda interprets using ASL and Esther Lee-Samia transliterates into Cued American English while Carolyn Ostrander presents.


ASL-English Interpreting and Cued Language Transliterating mentor/mentee program

This is a hands-on learning opportunity for ASL interpreters and CLTs at any level—no previous experience, developing skills, or sharpening skills. Mentor interpreters/transliterators will work with mentees throughout camp programming to provide a guided and supported learning experience. The group instructor will provide both the mentor and mentee with guidelines and worksheets to work through the activities and observations. Mentees will observe mentors working and participate in discussions regarding the skills observed and potentially interpret/transliterate some activities if desired and if requisite skills are demonstrated.

Learning Outcomes:

A class, deep in discussion

As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to describe the visual languages American Sign Language and Cued American English.

As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to describe the use of Cued Speech for the development of literacy skills.

As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to apply strategies taught using visual language for the development of language and literacy skills. 

As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to demonstrate comprehension of signed or cued language.

As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to demonstrate expressive signed or cued language skills.

As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to discuss skills and strategies for ASL interpreting or cued language transliterating.

Anticipated Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 8th

10:00Registration begins
Welcome—Nicole Dobson
ASL & Cued American English, Hand in Hand—Amy Crumrine
Setting the Bilingual Table: The Deaf Bilingual Child—Dr. Daniel Koo
5:30Immersion Dinner
6:45-7:45Community Group Presentations

Saturday, Oct. 9th

8:00Immersion breakfast
11:15-12:15Immersion camp activities
12:30Immersion lunch
5:30Immersion dinner
6:45-7:45DHH Panel

Sunday, Oct. 10th

8:00Immersion breakfast
11:15-12:15Immersion camp activities
12:30Immersion lunch
5:30Immersion dinner
6:45-7:45Professional panel

Monday, Oct. 11th

8:00Immersion breakfast
12:30Immersion Lunch

Registration Fees

Standard:Group Rate:
Professional—$375 ppProfessional (3+)—$325 pp
Parent/Family Member—$250 ppParent/Family Member (2+)—$200 pp
Student (adult)—$200 ppStudent (2+)—$150 pp

Registration Link:

Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

Refunds will be made to those registrants who cancel, less a $75 processing fee, with written request submitted on or before September 17th, 2021.

50% will be refunded with a written request submitted September 18th, 2021, through September 30th, 2021.

No refunds will be made after September 30th, 2021. Substitutions are welcome at no charge.

Please email cancellations or substitutions to:


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Getting There:

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Camp ILA wishes to extend a hearty thank you to the National Cued Speech Association for their contribution.