[sw-l] Gallaudet using SignBank?...smile

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Jan 21 20:17:55 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
January 21, 2005

Hello Stuart and Everyone -
Of course I know NTID. As you know, I worked there, for 6 months, in
1979 and I did teach a course in SignWriting to the researchers in the
Communication Research department. It was fun seeing famous researchers
nervous over their homework assignments! Actually I felt pretty honored
that they took learning SignWriting so seriously and I appreciate the
feedback they gave me, which of course led to a better writing system
over the years...

I also taught a workshop at Gallaudet in 1984, and Charles Butler
attended!! smile...

So I will be happy to donate copies of SignBank to any school...whether
it be Gallaudet, NTID or others...The only problem, Stuart, is I am
just one person and I get tired. I am afraid I will get overwhelmed if
we schedule too much too fast...

So let's start with Gallaudet, and then from there we can contact
NTID...it is all flexible...Val ;-)


On Jan 21, 2005, at 10:46 AM, Stuart Thiessen wrote:

> Just a thought that struck me ... Could you make a similar offer to
> other deaf institutions like NTID or others? Then simply offer what
> you can divided among the interested parties.  We might be able to
> find more alumni of the different schools who can provide support?
> Philip for example is a grad of NTID and I know a few others who are
> grads of NTID who are "interested" but have never taken a class yet on
> SW. Maybe that is another avenue of raising awareness.  Just a
> thought.  If NTID gets excited about it, maybe some of our future
> technical needs could be met by interested NTID students working on
> projects? For American resources anyway, that might be something to
> look for someday.
> Again, just a thought.  If it is too much, then maybe it becomes a
> 2006 goal.
> Thanks,
> Stuart
> On Jan 21, 2005, at 11:10, Valerie Sutton wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> January 21, 2005
>> On Jan 20, 2005, at 9:53 AM, Shane Gilchrist Ó hEorpa wrote:
>>> Have anyone written to the President of Gally about this?
>>> Would be very interested in his reply. Shane
>> Good idea, Shane! I have done that once years ago, and he was very
>> polite. A nice person. And he was nice enough to say he was amazed
>> and impressed with SignWriting. And I believe that he was sincere.
>> But Gallaudet does not back any one theory officially...so what could
>> he do? He can't force anyone. However, if I wrote and offered free
>> copies of SignBank to all of the teachers on the Gallaudet campus,
>> maybe that would stimulate something without the President feeling
>> pressured to back it...He will simply be offering the free software
>> to any teacher or researcher on campus who wants to participate...I
>> will try that in February and I will keep you informed!
>> Meanwhile, you can help me. When I am ready to offer SignBank to the
>> Gallaudet campus, I will need some of you to help me write email to
>> the President of Gallaudet at the same time, saying that you use
>> SignWriting and hope others on campus will too...Will any of you be
>> willing to help me with this?!...smile...Val ;-)

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