First European SignWriting Symposium
sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed Jul 20 16:34:41 UTC 2005
July 20, 2005
Dear SignWriting List!
WELCOME Adam, and other newcomers, to the SignWriting List! We are
very happy to have you with us! I look forward to focusing on your
message below as soon as I can ;-)
This week is a very special week for SignWriting. The First European
SignWriting Symposium is being held in Brussels, Belgium tomorrow and
the next day! And today and yesterday, in Maastricht, Netherlands,
several SignWriting presentations were offered to a large
international conference on Deaf Education...
Today, I am testing the videophone setup in Brussels, with Daniel
Noelpp, who is bringing a new videophone with him, to Brussels, from
Switzerland, where he lives. Daniel and I tested my videophone
yesterday with success...we connected between my videophone in San
Diego, to his in Switzerland! What a miracle! And today we are
testing the one in Brussels, so that tomorrow, when the Symposium
begins, I can say welcome! and hello! to the 36 SignWriting users who
are congregating there...Very exciting time!
Videophones just might hurt the airplane industry, if we can really
see each other so clearly, without leaving our homes!
The Europeans are ahead of ASL users in the US, when it comes to
holding SignWriting Symposiums! I would like to suggest that those
who love SignWriting in the US and Canada, and who know ASL or
related dialects, should band together now in a similar way to the
Europeans. I like the idea of the NAD conference in New Orleans in
2006...why not start an organizing committee of SignWriting users to
setup the First ASL SignWriting Sympoisum in New Orleans in 2006?
Right after the NAD conference concludes?...smile...
On Jul 20, 2005, at 8:04 AM, skoreapv83 at fuse.net wrote:
To the list:
My name is Adam Paul Valerius, & I'm from Cincinnati, Ohio, United
States. I have mostly normal hearing & vision, but I communicate most
comfortably when using tactile signing like the Deaf-Blind use. I've
been fluent in Signed English for 8 1/2 years & fluent in ASL for 4
years. Please DON'T mention family because I don't one due to having
been abused & neglected as a child & for the first 4 years of
adulthood (almost; I'm NOT yet 22). I learned sign in the first place
because I have extreme difficulty expressing myself verbally (using
words). I speak w/the same type of speech impediment as the Deaf &
Deaf-Blind who are able to speak. Also, knowing sign helps ME equally
as much as other signers. My visual & tactile systems work well
together, so I know sign both visually & tactilely. If I lose my
visual memory, I'll still remember sign language because it's still
in my tactile memory, which I can't lose without getting some kind of
seriously debilitating disease or dying.
I joined this list cuz I really like the idea of SignWriting.
SignWriting on a tactile mobile device would really help me. I'll
NEVER write English again once that technology is available. I
understand some people may feel uncomfortable with it, but the courts
in the United States insist on writing everything down to keep
records of everything said, done, & ordered. If SignWriting became
widely used in the United States, & mobile devices could translate
between SW & English, no interpreters would be necessary. Also, no
signers would have to learn English, either, which would enable
physically Deaf & physically Deaf-Blind signers to remain independent
when telecommunicating WITHOUT knowing how to write English words in
a syntax that resembles their signing.
I saw what some others said about "mainstream non-signers taking over
ASL". I DON'T believe the mainstream non-signers would take over ASL.
It's already a worldwide language with thousands of dialects anyway,
so how could they do more than just make their own written dialect,
just like they already have their own signed dialect?
Deaf people already know the difference between the way they sign ASL
& the way a hearing person signs it. That difference in dialect is
all I could think of that hearing people would do to it.
Whatever y'all do, please DON'T express any anger towards me. In
Cincinnati, I seem to be the only person out of 740,000 people who is
smart, gentle, & emotionally stable. EVERYONE else seems to LOVE
aggression, irritability, & ignorance.
I probably am developing sensorineural Deaf-Blindness cuz I had
surgery 4 years ago to correct a brain malformation I was born with.
I just haven't been to the neurologist yet. I've been misdiagnosed
with several mental illnesses & developmental disabilties for my
whole life due to emotional extremes resulting from others' refusal
to meet my communication needs.
Adam Paul Valerius
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