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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Sat Jun 17, 2000  9:28 pm
Subject:  SignWriting and the Mentally Disabled

SignWriting List
June 17, 2000

Dear SignWriting List Members:

Occasionally people ask me if SignWriting is useful for the mentally
disabled, and in the past, because we had no experience, I would say
"I don't know".

A couple of days ago, I received this message from a teacher of the
mentally disabled:

"I have a mantally disbled, profoundly deaf student that can read a
few (very few) English written words. One of our interpreters uses
Sign Writing a lot and "tried" this with the above student. She
could "read" with very little instructions and could answer questions
when it was presented in sign writing. I would love to receive more
information about products that we could order to use with the other
students too. Thanks so much !!"

This is the first message I can remember about SignWriting being
taught to the mentally disabled.

So I hope the teacher can share more with us later....

Meanwhile, many thanks for sharing this with us -

Val ;-)


Valerie Sutton


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