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From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Mon Nov 30, 1998  9:06 pm
Subject:  Deaf Opinions, Kevin Clark

November 30, 1998

Dear SW List:
As you know, I just posted three new "Deaf Opinions" articles on our web
site. Because some of you do not have web access, I will now post the three
articles in three separate email messages.

Kevin Clark, USA
"I have a dream..."

Part 1: June 1995
You know, I'll never forget how I learned about SignWriting. It was through
a friend of mine, Kathy Say. She mentioned SignWriting. And at first I was
mystified, naturally, never having heard about it before.

She told me that it was a writing system that can be used to document
signed languages. This piqued my interest. So, I went to the DAC meeting -
The Deaf Action Committee meeting that she invited me to attend. And right
there, at that meeting I learned so much, wow!

I could see the many benefits of SignWriting. For example, it could be used
in the Educational setting, or used to preserve signed language, or quite
possibly be used to write ASL to one another, eventually becoming the
written language for ASL. Clearly, there are many benefits to writing our

Using "Stacked SignWriting" seemed more natural to me and easier to read
and write in comparison to the English order of writing from left to right.
Really, the Stacked style is easier to read and write - And I'm sure that
once you use it, you too will agree!

Part Two: Thanksgiving 1998
I would like to share my dream with you...

After seeing Little Toyko in downtown Los Angeles I became inspired. I
visited a museum called the American Japanese Museum where all of the shops
are owned by Japanese people, the hotels, everything. All of the signs are
written in Japanese, as well as English.

My dream is to create the exact same kind of community, where Deaf people
can run their own businesses, malls, and hotels, and all the signs would be
written in SignWriting in ASL. In other words, we would have a Deaf
American Museum and everything would be written in ASL....And we could also
set up a deaf school teaching kids in SignWriting etc.. You will
give deaf people good opportunities to run businesses and to make a living
out of it just like others do in the American Japanese Museum. So that's
what I am dreaming of....To reach this dream, I need to have a good plan,
and people's support.

Kevin Clark


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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