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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Thu Nov 5, 1998  6:19 am
Subject:  Re: a "proper" suggestion

>James, I wonder if sets of rubber stamps of SW symbols would be useful to
>your kids.
>I haven't got any idea how they are made or by who or at what cost.... But
>it would eliminate some of the problems of production.
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>Ben Karlin
>Staff Interpreter for the Deaf, St Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center
>5300 W Arsenal St, St Louis, MO 63139-1494
>Phone 314 644-8270 V/TTY | Fax 314 644-8115

First of all, I am really impressed and amazed that so much has been
accomplished in Nicaragua. If all of you knew the poverty and problems
these people have, and yet the school in Bluefields has accomplished so is really an heroic story. I would like to summarize all of this
and update our web site on Nicaragua in the future.

But in regards to the rubber stamps, Ben, the cost of production would be
prohibitive. I know from experience. I have manufactured all kinds of odd
things to help us write in the past. Before personal computers existed, I
manufactured mylar templates, which cost a great deal to produce. I also
designed five special transfer sheets to rub down wax symbols on paper -
the symbols were SignWriting symbols. But nothing was as good as the ink
pen, when we wrote our 20 page newspapers by hand. All this was before the
personal computer was invented. You can read about the transfer sheets on
this page:

SignWriter Newspaper
Native Signers Begin Writing

To make rubber stamps for any signed language would be very costly, because
a mold has to be made, before you manufacture the stamps, and you would
have to have thousands of stamps to really be able to write complete

So my conclusion is that writing by hand, or typing by computer are the two
choices that make the most sense. And some of the Nicaraguan students are
learning our MS-DOS program well.

Valerie :-)

Valerie Sutton at the DAC
Deaf Action Committee for SW


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

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