Albuquerque Videotape about SignWriting...

Valerie Sutton Sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed May 29 16:12:21 UTC 2002

SignWriting List
May 29, 2002

Dear SW List Members:
Cecilia Flood, who is writing her dissertation about SignWriting
right now, sent me the message below back at the end of
April....Because Cecilia wrote it to the List, I thought it had
reached the List...Then I realized it was never posted to the List.
So Cecilia - please excuse my tardiness in re-directing this
message...I know, when the time is right, your video will be very
valuable for Deaf Education!

And best of luck with the remarkable work you are doing -

Val ;-)


From: "Cecilia Flood" <cecmf at>
To: "Valerie Sutton" <Sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG>
Subject: RE: Albuquerque Videotape about SignWriting...
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 19:58:18 -0700

Valerie and list members,

Thank you for your 'appreciation' of our videotaped CASA conference
videotapes. It's heart warming to see the positive response and interest in
viewing our 'home made' videotape. Before we begin a discussion about
'sharing' it so that others can view the tape, I'll need some time to talk
to several 'stakeholders' involved, the adult presenters, the students that
were 'featured' in the taped 'clips' and their families. We did work hard
on those presentations and I can see already that it has...and will
make...significant impact on the use of SignWriting in classrooms for Deaf
and Hard of Hearing students.


--- Cecilia Flood
--- cecmf at


>  [Original Message]
>  From: Valerie Sutton <Sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG>
  > Date: 4/23/02 11:43:25 PM
>  Subject: Albuquerque Videotape about SignWriting...
>  SignWriting List
>  April 23, 2002
>  Dear SignWriting List Members!
>  I have been watching the most remarkable videotape, made in
>  Albuquerque, New Mexico, by teachers of the SignWriting Literacy
>  Project.
>  Teachers Cecilia Flood, Lorraine Crespin, Jennifer Thompson,
>  Elizabeth Allen, Kate Lee and one other teacher (I am sorry I
>  couldn't catch her name)...discussed their classroom experiences with
>  SignWriting at the CASA conference for educators in Albuquerque, on
>  April 12-13, 2002. Cecilia setup a video camera during the
>  presentation. I have only viewed the video once, but I plan to really
>  study it, because there is a wealth of information there.
>  In the past, James and Judy Shepard-Kegl supplied us with video clips
>  showing Nicarguan deaf people reading SignWriting....Those videos
>  were always exciting and important...But ironically, we never had the
>  equivalent in the US until the New Mexico SW Literacy Project began
>  three years ago...
>  This recent presentation in Albuquerque means a lot, since for the
>  first time, there are American deaf children reading and enjoying
>  SignWriting on a video, and typing signs on computers....and teachers
>  who are totally convinced it is a valuable tool in the classroom.
>  Three of the teachers had used SignWriting longer than the other
>  three. So I was interested to learn what the three new teachers
>  thought of SignWriting...Apparently they are all having positive
>  experiences, and although skeptical in the beginning, found the
>  students became so enthusiastic, that there was no denying its value.
>  Thank you so much, Cecilia and everyone, for sharing this with me...I
>  think it would be great if we can transcribe the English on the
>  video, and even the signing of the interpreters, so that a document
>  can be published in both English and American signs..... and I hope
>  that President Bush answers Julio and the other Deaf children - they
>  wrote to the President to tell him about SignWriting!
>  Val ;-)

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