Denny Voreck Interviews
Abdul Aziz Al-Obaid
of Saudi Arabia


 Hello, I'm Denny Voreck, and this is my name sign, "Denny".

In today's interview, we will be discussing the topic "the Deaf Community and Deaf Linguistics".

 Now, our guest with us today is an individual by the name of Abdul Aziz Al-Obaid, and this is his name sign "Aziz".

And he's with us from Saudi Arabia. And this is the sign for "Saudi Arabia":

 

Because it represents the type of headdress that they wear.

Our guest is sitting right here next to me. Ok, I'd like to start off by asking your thoughts on the American Deaf Community, Deaf Culture, and Deaf Linguistics.

Aziz
I have done a lot - For 10 years I have not been working, but instead I've traveled around the world.

 

 From what I've seen - The Americans seem more fascinated and absorbed with the Deaf Community, and with anything having to pertain to the Deaf, especially with the hot issues and discussions dealing with the intricacies and complexities of the language of ASL. It's impressive to see how the interest in all of this has persisted even up till now, and including of late the issue of SignWriting, of which I've come across this past month.

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About
Abdul Aziz Al-Obaid

Aziz and his two twin brothers are deaf.
They come from a long Saudi Arabian lineage.
Their father was Prince Abdul Muhsen Al-Obaid.

Aziz has dedicated his life to
improving the life of Deaf people in Saudi Arabia.
He attended Gallaudet University,
and is now attending George Washington University.
Aziz hopes to bring SignWriting to his homeland.

Read a message from the
Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia about
Abdul Aziz Al-Obaid


Would you like to know more about Saudi Arabia?
Visit this web site:
http://www.saudiembassy.net

The above interview was signed in ASL by Denny Voreck
and Abdul Aziz Al-Obaid in 1995
on the video entitled
Deaf Perspectives on SignWriting, Video 2.

The English text is a word-for-word transcription of the English voice-over on the video, by interpreter Pasch McCombs.