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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Jan 17, 2000  4:28 pm
Subject:  YEAR-END REPORT, 1999

January 17, 2000

Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting


1. SignWriting Annual Membership Meeting
Twenty people attended our annual SignWriting Membership meeting on
February 7, 1999 in La Jolla, including members of the Deaf
Community, sign language students, scientists, and people working in
marketing and fund raising. Darline and Dave Gunsauls told about
their work with the DAC in 1998. Phil Carmona & Nancy Romero
interpreted. Refreshments were donated by Jonathan's, a local market.

2. New Publication: "Learn To Read American Sign Language in
SignWriting, Video & Booklets"
Transcribed from the video: "SignWriting Children's Stories Series",
signed in ASL by Darline Clark Gunsauls, this new collection includes
3 colorful booklets plus the video, in a white video case.

3. National Association of the Deaf Acquired Four SignWriting Video Titles
The Captioned Media Program is an arm of the National Association of
the Deaf, funded by the Department of Education. Videos are captioned
and then distributed on a loan basis to deaf people in the US. The
Captioned Media Program purchased four SignWriting video titles in
1999: the Lessons In SignWriting Video Series (2 titles) and the Deaf
Perspectives on SignWriting Video Series (2 titles).

4. SignWriter 5.0 Software Development
Programmer Larry Peranich started the year making it possible to
convert old SignWriter files into the new SignWriter 5.0 format. Then
a new programmer, Richard Johnston, took over the entire project June
1st, 1999. Richard programmed a brand new, very flexible,
multi-lingual user interface in Java.

5. International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
Computer programmers refer to the "ISO 639-2 Registration Authority"
for the standard codes used to represent the world's languages. This
helps standardize software development. At present, Sign Languages
are not included in this listing. In September, 1999, the Deaf Action
Committee for SignWriting (the DAC), and the Irish National Body
applied to the Registration Authority requesting that the world's
Sign Languages be included. The application is currently waiting for

6. Moved DAC Web Sites & Email Accounts to DeafVision
DeafVision is owned by a Deaf woman, and all employees are Deaf. We
are proud to place all of our web sites and email accounts on a
deaf-owned web server. DeafVision gives excellent service.

7. Some Web Postings in 1999 (the complete list is twice as long)
January 04, 1999..........Writing Straight Movement On The Diagonal Plane
January 24, 1999..........Children's Story: A Giraffe Named Ivan, by
Nancy Romero
February 1, 1999........."Sign Dic" Program, by Daniela Remião de
Macedo, of Brazil
February 9, 1999..........The Runaway, a poem by 12 year old Gabriel Tollette
April 15, 1999................SignWriting In Nicaragua: expanded
directory of articles and photos
April 27, 1999................Silent News Article: "SignWriting: An Alphabet"
May 3rd, 1999...............Learn To Read ASL, SW Level 3: Advanced Reading
May 24, 1999................Interviews with Patty Duke & William
Schallert About Deafness
September 14, 1999.....New Web Site: The SignBankSite
September 15, 1999.....SignWriting In Germany: Literacy Project
Begins In Osnabruck
October 4, 1999............SignWriting In Brazil Directory: Brazilian
Sign Language Dictionary
November 1, 1999........Master's Degree Thesis by Amy Rosenberg
November 17, 1999......Comparing Transcription Systems: Stokoe,
HamNoSys & SignWriting
December 1, 1999.........Silent News Article: "SignWriting: A
Controversial Way To Teach Literacy"
December 15, 1999.......Frosty The Snowman by Deaf Author Lourdes Tollette

SignWriting Literacy Projects in 1999

8. SW Literacy Project in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cecilia Flood's students in the Albuquerque Public Schools started
learning SignWriting in ernest in 1999. Excellent feedback was
received when Silent News journalist Alexandra Han interviewed
Cecilia and her students. Their interview was published in an
important article in Silent News, November 1999.

9. SW Literacy Projects in New York State, Michigan and Georgia:
Deborah Holden is teaching Deaf students at the Algonquin Middle
School in Averill Park, New York.

Dawn McReynolds is homeschooling her Deaf daughter in Michigan,
developing special materials.

Cynthia Frey is teaching Deaf students at the Jordan Vocational High
School in Columbus, Georgia.

10. SW Literacy Project in In Canada
Private tutor Kathy Akehurst gave terrific feedback on the
SignWriting List, being the first teacher to try our new publication:
"Learn To Read American Sign Language in SignWriting". Kathy
explained in detail the positive reaction of her seven native-signing
Deaf students to the color-coded symbols.

11. SW Literacy Project in Germany
Teacher Stefan Woerhmann at the "Landesbildungszentrum für
Hörgeschädigte Osnabrück", has diligently learned SignWriting,
creating the beginning of a German Sign Language Dictionary. Stefan
is teaching SignWriting to his young Deaf students, who seem to be
enjoying it and learning well.

12. SW Literacy Project in Peru
Julianna Palmer visited in the Fall, carrying a large pile of books
and software home to Peru, where native-signing Deaf adults, and also
a local school for Deaf children, are learning SignWriting.

13. Thanks To The DAC's 1999 Sponsors...
Without them none of the above could have been possible! Many thanks
to the R.C. Baker Foundation, the Seuss Foundation, the George Hoag
Family Foundation, the Parker Foundation, the Edwards Foundation,
Hewlett-Packard Corporation, Macromedia, and other foundations and

Other SignWriting Projects in 1999
... here are a few independent projects not connected with the DAC...

Spanish Sign Language Publications in Madrid & Alicante, Spain
Several SignWriting publications were produced in Spain in 1999:
"Primeras Lecciones de SignoEscritura" is an adaptation of the
Lessons In SignWriting Textbook, by Irma Maria Munoz Baell, & Dianne
& Steve Parkhurst, published at the University of Alicante. The
textbook "SignoEscritura" by the Parkhursts is an excellent
instruction text. Monthly magazines written in SignWriting are
distributed in Madrid.

Irish Sign Language Dictionary
Deaf signer Patrick Matthews asked Valerie Sutton to edit the new
Irish Sign Language Dictionary, which includes life-like
illustrations combined with SignWriting. The dictionary still needs

Brazilian Sign Language Dictionary
Professor Fernando Capovilla, the director of the Brazilian Sign
Language Dictionary Project, has coordinated two teams of hearing and
Deaf people to work on, and edit this large dictionary, which should
go to press in the year 2000. The dictionary will include an
Introduction to SignWriting.

SignBible Site in American Sign Language
Pastor Ron Dettloff of the Deaf Church in Michigan and web designer
Jerry Spillman have created the SignBible Site, regularly posting
Bible passages written in American Sign Language in SignWriting.

SignWriting in Two Schools in Nicaragua
A long list of publications were translated into Nicaraguan Sign
Language in SignWriting.


Note: If your 1999 project has not been listed here, please write to
the SignWriting List and tell us about it!!

I can then include your project in the Year End Report for 1999,
which will be posted on the web soon.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting


Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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