|SignWriting List Forum|
Valerie Sutton |
Date: Wed Jan 6, 1999 2:57 am
Subject: Re: HELLO EVERYONE! :-)
>My name is Dana and I wanted to introduce myself to everyone. I have written
>to Valerie....who, I must say,.....seems like a wonderful, ambitious person.
>She has been very informative and nice enough to introduce me to your group.
>I am currently a court reporter and am unfulfilled in my job. I am running my
>own company, and I've decided I need to follow my heart....it's not in the
>world of litigation. So I've been looking into becoming an interpreter for
>the deaf, and have already started the steps of enrolling in school at night.
>Well, that's just a little background about me.
>Nice to meet everyone!
Hello Dana, and welcome to the SignWriting List!
I sent your SW information packet today...I hope you can share it with some
of your fellow interpreting students :-)
Talking about court reporting...years ago we worked on a Sign Language
stenography system, which we call SignWriting Shorthand, and we actually
thought of training "SignWriting Stenographers" to take notes in signed
language during court proceedings that use a signed language. Two
interpreters skilled in SignWriting tested the Shorthand in classes at
CSUN, California State University of Northridge, where they have lots of
interpreters interpreting classes for Deaf students. I still have the reams
of notes taken in SignWriting. Then the notetakers read through the notes
with the Deaf students. It was a lot of fun and the experiment seemed to
work well - the Deaf students were totally amazed and couldn't believe all
that signing could be written at speed in class!
But the experiment stopped there, mainly because there were so many other
projects related to SignWriting that seemed more important at the time. So
the question is...would SignWriting court reporting ever be useful - ha?!
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