Deaf opposition to SW

Kimberley A. Shaw kshaw at WELLESLEY.EDU
Wed Jul 20 11:55:16 UTC 2005

Hello all:
this makes me think of an e-mail encounter I had with somebody Deaf the
other day, who felt that SignWriting is a "dis-service" to the signing
Deaf community ... and does not do justice to such a beautifully visual
method of expression! (???!!)
I am still trying to figure it out; are people afraid that if Sign gets
written down, that it will be taken over by the hearing world? 
Puzzled HoH in Boston,

sw-l at on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 at 12:01 AM
-0500 wrote:
>I'm sad to see that it was a few Deaf grads from Gallaudet who 
>expressed opposition to SW.  Hopefully the deaf community in Malaysia 
>will have the opportunity to evaluate SW for themselves and not let a 
>few make a decision for the whole.  The challenge for us (in any 
>community) is finding a way to help the majority have a chance to 
>experience SW for themselves and not allow a few to block their access. 
>  I have seen some of that in my own sharing about SW. This is where it 
>is very important for those of us who are deaf to take the 
>responsibility to explain why we like it.  That makes a difference.
>Just an observation,

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