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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat Jun 26, 1999  12:15 am
Subject:  Re: Deaf Missions

Regarding Deaf Missions...
>I did talk with them one time about SignWriting and they were not
>very receptive to the idea. They felt it was too complicated, etc,
>etc. But that was probably 5 years ago when I talked about it. I
>haven't brought it up since because I felt it would be better to see
>how SignWriting becomes more accepted and then they may listen.
>Perhaps now is a good time to ask about it again.
>Stuart Thiessen

June 25, 1999

Thanks, Stuart, for mentioning this. I think you told me once, a long time
ago, that you had contacted them. I had forgotten that. And then they were
contacted by others also in the 1980's, and they also told me they felt it
was too complicated and Deaf people would not read the documents if they
were written.

Believe it or not, at that time I agreed with them. But you are correct,
that SignWriting is "more accepted" now, and it has also improved and is
easier to read. Plus we have better typing programs, which will help.

And Ron Dettloff has done so much to help this situation! I was so happy to
hear that 400 children could read the SignWriting passages Ron wrote - that
was an example of how things are better now. Thanks, Ron, for all you are
doing. It is really remarkable and a true contribution.

I would think that the ultimate solution would be to work together in
collaboration with Deaf Missions, if they would give Ron and others
permission to transcribe their videos. Their videos will continue to be
used by people who are not interested in learning SignWriting, but if the
videos are also written in SignWriting, providing the written ASL form of
the Bible passages, that could be a true service for some people. Videos
are good, but machines are not always available, but the printed page can
be, and also offers other benefits too.

And that would also save money. It would not be necessary to raise money to
hire a Deaf staff of translators, because Deaf Missions has already done
the translation work.

Meanwhile, because I am working on SignWriter 5.0, I have not had the time
to do web design, so Ron's files are not being posted. Perhaps in a couple
of months. I am working long hours now - I am designing the small-size
font, so we can type in small sizes on the screen - that will be a nice
feature - but making thousands of symbols smaller is a big job, and I am
doing it dot by dot.

So - back to the drawing board!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton


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