forum SignWriting List Forum
  Message 659  |  Previous | Next  [ Up Thread ] Message Index
From:  Valerie Sutton
Date:  Wed Dec 9, 1998  7:24 pm
Subject:  Deaf Evaluation of SW Videos

December 9, 1998

Hello SignWriting List!
Two days ago I received a message from the director of ASL Access,
Christine Wixtrom. I am very impressed with the fine work they are doing.
ASL Access is a nonprofit organization that collects funds to purchase and
then provide ASL video collections to public libraries. I felt pretty
excited when Chris wrote to me to ask for copies of our videos, for
possible donations to libraries.

Everyone volunteers their time at ASL Access. Two of their Deaf volunteer
reviewers evaluated our "Lessons In SignWriting Video Series". They watched
the videos and then wrote their opinion, which will be added to the ASL
Access Web Site, at, in about a week. Here is what
they wrote:

>Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 13:04:41 EST
>To: SignWriting List

>ASL Access was founded to raise money for purchasing ASL videotapes/CD-ROMs,
>which are to be donated to public libraries. During our first year, we have
>evaluated dozens of videos, produced reviews, created a source list for
>individual purchasers, designed and launched a website, written several grant
>applications, participated in professional conferences, and obtained some
>press coverage. We have not yet received enough donations, grants, or other
>funds to fund collections. We are taking this step (sending the SignWritng
>videos to the library where the patron requested them) to begin our library
>donation project.
>Here is the ASL Access review of the SignWriting introductory videos:
>ASL - Sign it,Write it, Read it, Keep it!
>Review by Marjorie Arbuckle (Deaf) and Deborah Morris (Deaf) ©1998
>Lessons in SignWriting: Introduction to SignWriting, Two VHS videos and a
>Publisher: The Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting®
>P.O. Box 517, La Jolla, CA 92038-0517 USA
>TTY for Deaf: 619.456.0010 Voice: 619.456.0098 FAX: 619.456.0020
>Email: Website:
>Sponsor: The Center for Sutton Movement Writing, Inc., a non-profit, 501
>(c)(3) educational organization. SignWriting® was first invented by Valerie
>Sutton in 1974.
>SignWriting is a great idea! With SignWriting, we Deaf people can write our
>language of sign. This ability increases independence in communication.
>SignWriting gives us another way to communicate across great distances without
>relying on interpreters, relay operators, or telecommunication/video
>equipment. If our Deaf friends who live in other states (or other countries)
>learn SignWriting, then we will be able to write back and forth and send
>signed messages in our own language. Sometimes we would rather not translate
>our thoughts and feelings to English, as translation can be so frustrating.
>SignWriting is the answer - it puts signs on paper!
>Drawings of signs are hard to understand, but SignWriting clearly shows the
>hand shapes and motions of sign language. Once learned, it is easy to use and
>gives Deaf people a sense of freedom, allowing us to express ourselves in sign
>and communicate our ideas precisely. This is a breakthrough for people who
>prefer sign communication.
>Deaf artists may use SignWriting to record their stories, poetry and other
>artworks on paper. In this way, signed artworks can be saved and appreciated
>by future generations.
>Now that we have discovered SignWriting with these introductory videos, we are
>very interested in learning more. We hope our friends and associates will
>learn this valuable skill, too. In fact, we strongly recommend that every Deaf
>person learn SignWriting!

ASL Access

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

  Message 659  |  Previous | Next  [ Up Thread ] Message Index