Date: Thu Dec 3, 1998 6:46
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: why deaf people didn't learn signwrite?
>I would like to ask you some questions. If the signwrite was start way
>back then why deaf people didn't learn signwrite way back from the start?
>For example I am profoundly deaf and I never learn ASL when I was little
>because I went to deaf oral school for the most of my life. And I know
>they teach us in English and not ASL sign. I am not very good English and
>I do have a hard time to read the hard words or never hear the words
>before. But when I reach in high school that has deafies and hearings
>are mix in the class. My High school allow deaf student sign (ASL or
>straight English), so why they didn't teach us to learn SignWriting from
>deaf people who already know ASL sign? Even now I never see small deaf
>children start to learn signwrite yet. Like I say I never knew about
>SignWriting till I hear about a month ago. When I see and learn and it
>really gets me very exciting. I feel want to learn more and getting ASL
>language better .
Hello Lourdes --
What a wonderful message! Yes...Your dream is the same as mine, and I am
sure there are others on the SignWriting List who agree with you too....
I always hoped it would happen someday, and I knew that if we continued to
work, that someday maybe the school systems would consider reading and
And that is why I started the SignWriting Literacy Project...to give
teachers and students a chance to learn SignWriting.
But new ideas take time to be accepted. When I started 25 years ago I
showed it to people and they were against it. They had never thought about
writing signs before.
So, if you want schools to use SignWriting, I hope you will tell teachers
how you feel. The more you tell people, the faster ASL will be accepted as
a written language :-)
Thanks for your enthusiastic message!
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