Prior to 1980, the job of a cueing transliterator existed but was undefined.
The first transliterators worked in school systems with mainstreaming as
the goal for the deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Since this goal was defined
for transliterators, the question that remained was how could a cueing transliterator
support mainstream accessibility?
A small group of professionals gathered to pursue research, education and
perfessional certification for cued language transliterators (CLT). In 1985,
the first transliterator preparation program was established at Gallaudet
University in Washington, D.C. The following issues were addressed:
- What does a CLT need to know and what skills must a CLT have?
- Is it possible for a CLT to acquire this knowledge and these skills?
- Which of the identified knowledge and skills can be taught?
- How can they be taught?
- How can possession of the knowledge and skills be tested?
In 1988, in the commonwealth of Virginia, members of the cueing community
gathered to help draft legislation requiring that all interpreters and transliterators
in the state be qualified. As a result of these efforts, individuals who
serve as interpreters or transliterators in Virginia must demonstrate professional
qualifications via either a state assessment or national certification. Other
states have since adopted similar mandates. To allow professional cueing
transliterators to comply with these mandates, and in an effort to provide
quality services for consumers, a national certification examination for
transliterators was established. The Cued Language Transliterator National
Certification Examination (CLTNCE) is administered nationwide and scored
by the Testing, Evaluation, and Certification Unit, Inc. (TECUnit).
In addition, a state-level evaluation has been developed for use by states
interested in administering a less comprehensive examination that measures
for the national standard of practice. The TECUnit, Inc. provides information,
guidance, and standards that facilitate cued language-spoken language transliteration.
Standardized tests that assess basic expressive and receptive cueing skills
are also administered by the TECUnit, Inc.