[sw-l] NAD Update

Hope Hurlbut hope_hurlbut at SIL.ORG
Wed Jul 14 08:20:45 UTC 2004

Dear Stuart,
What's that again? Did you say that "Goldilocks" is in Sign Writing?
I was planning to do that sometime when I have a few spare hours, but have
not been able to get hold of the video yet.  I had a class of kindergarten
children soon after our UND-SIL courses and was teaching them SignWriting,
but suddenly year-end holidays were upon us and I got involved in SL survey
last year, so have not gone back to the kindergarten again.  They would like
me to make a commitment for a school year, but it is not possible at this
stage.  The kids loved it of course and most were making great progress, but
how much can you teach in one month to 5-6 year olds?
I was a bit disappointed actually at not being able to continue.
Next month I am off to the Philippines (but I have not finished with
Indonesia yet!)
I got off the SW list a couple of years ago, but with the changeover I found
myself back on!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stuart Thiessen" <sw at PASSITONSERVICES.ORG>
To: <sw-l at majordomo.valenciacc.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 11:40 AM
Subject: [sw-l] NAD Update

> I don't know if any of you went to NAD this year in Kansas City. If you
> were, I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to meet you and talk with you. I
> was there as a delegate for the Iowa Association of the Deaf. I did not
> have as much opportunity as I would have liked to talk about
> SignWriting, but I did have several opportunities to talk with other
> delegates and with a member of the ASLTA board. Most whom I talked with
> were open to the concept but either had never heard of it or had
> misconceptions. I passed out SignWriting handouts to several of them and
> showed some of the Goldilocks books (Thanks, Valerie for the materials
> One person even told me that her son had seen this and it was some kind
> of European written language that was going to merge everything
> together.  I tried to correct that misunderstanding, but she was quite
> adamant that she was right about it.  Are our European SW friends doing
> something we don't know about <GRIN>?  I am just teasing, of course,
> (It's in my nature as a Thiessen -- small spoken language joke there)
> but it was interesting to see that misperception.
> I wonder if there are other "myths" about SignWriting.  Should we put a
> FAQ or something together that specifically shoots down myths?? I would
> be happy to put something together if you all would be willing to help
> me with some of your experiences with people's misunderstandings.  What
> myths or false ideas about SignWriting have you heard?  What
> misunderstandings have people told you?  Like --- "So SignWriting is
> like Chinese" (but it's really more of a featural writing system than a
> concept-based [logographic] writing system.)
> My friend, Philip, also had a chance to talk with people about it and we
> feel very positive about the reaction.  One friend of his agreed with
> him that if the grassroots really knew about the potential of
> SignWriting, they would be very excited about it.  So we just need to
> keep on the process of educating our deaf communities about the benefits
> of SW.
> The next NAD conference will be in New Orleans probably the second week
> in July 2006. We have two advance tickets for NAD and hope to prepare
> for a booth at that NAD convention to promote SignWriting more
> vigorously.  We may do a trial run at our state convention next year in
> 2005.
> Thanks,
> Stuart
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