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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat May 8, 1999  1:55 am
Subject:  Re: Questions About SW

May 7, 1999

Good Evening!
Finally answering these questions....

>"Does the DAC staff use sign writing with THEIR kids?

Last Tuesday Darline Clark Gunsauls, a DAC member, came to visit me.
Darline signed the children's stories video that is featured on our web
site right now, in the "Learn To Read ASL" series. Darline and her husband
Dave have been involved with SignWriting for years. Darline told me that
their daughter Tiffany, who is almost three years old now, goes to bed at
night with Darline's Goldilocks book under her arm. So yes, Tiffany is
being exposed to SignWriting at a very young age. It will be interesting to
see how she develops - she certainly is adorable, that is for sure!!

To read the story that Tiffany loves, go to:

Goldilocks Basic Storybook

>Are there general books at bookstores for the public?

At the moment, all SignWriting publications are sold through us. You can
read about our publications on our web site, and order through the web, or
by phone or fax. Or write to me and I can send you our new catalog.
However, both and are starting to list
SignWriting publications on their web sites. Every once in awhile I get a
random order from them. So that is a beginning. But truth be told - if you
become a SignWriting member it is cheaper to buy through us because we give
half price. How do I do that? I print the books myself one by one, and that
is how I cut the cost down by half. A little slow, but it works.

To read about our publications on the web:

SW Catalog Directory

>How many languages have been translated into or preserved by sign writing?

At the moment we are working with 15 signed languages, but I know
SignWriting is used in more countries than that. I have received word that
people are attempting a little SignWriting in Peru, Japan, Taiwan, Chile,
and even Afghanistan - but of course I have no way of knowing how much - it
may not be that much - but at least attempts are being made, and it is very
kind of people to inform me. Back in the early 1980's, when SignWriting
first began in the Danish schools, it spread to Greenland and the Feroe
Islands, because the Danish teachers brought SW to isolated schools there.
One day I received a small dictionary in Greenland Sign Language written in
SignWriting by students - it is a cute little book :-)

>Is sign writing used beyond secondary education in the universities? and if
>so, what universities are using sign writing and in what way is it being

This one is hard to answer because there are so many things happening.
Ingvild Roald already told us a little about the Norwegian schools, and I
heard that in Denmark there is a course in SignWriting at the University of
Copenhagen, for parents of Deaf children. Years ago I taught at various
colleges and universities in the US - we presented ongoing workshops at
California State University Northridge, CSUN, and Los Angeles Pierce
College in the mid 1980's, for example. SignWriting is also used for
research at some universities. And in Brazil, two university groups have
used SignWriting, one in computer education and another in dictionary

If anyone knows of other programs that are happening in SignWriting please
tell us about it....

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


The DAC, Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
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Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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