[sw-l] Introducing myself

Tomáš Klapka Tomas.Klapka at RUCE.CZ
Fri Jun 3 12:24:59 UTC 2005

Hi Valerie, and others ;)

Yes, I know Honza and Martin. I am going to cooperate with them.

I am going to study the Deaf studies. In the Czech Republic there is a
different system of enrolling to an university.
Here in Czech, you have to do a special exam and if you pass the exam
you can study. But sometimes there is a lot of applicants and only those
applicants who get the most points are accepted.
Well, that's not always easy. Deaf studies here in Czech are opened only
every second year. In January the university wanted to accept 15
students, but thanks to the number of applicants (144) and their good
knowledge of the Deaf culture, they increased this number to 30
students. So I hope this year-class will be very strong and it would
help to promote situation of Czech Deafs (because of the well-educated
interpretors, teachers and linguists).
I have done a written part of the exam and next monday I will do a viva
(oral). After the viva, I'll know about my acceptation ;)
There are only two universities which are looking at the deaf people as
they are a minority culture with its own language. It is at the Charles
University (http://www.cuni.cz/UK-1628.html) where is Deaf studies and
Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts where is Drama education
for the deaf.
People in the Czech don't know about the SignWriting or they are not
interested in it. If I'm accepted I'm going to promote SignWriting at
the university.
I know, there are more applicants interested in SignWriting (For example
Stepanka, who was in Poland and she met Lucyna there), so I hope these
applicants will be accepted with me ;)

I am 24 next week on sunday. I work as a software developer.
I became interested in the Deaf culture year and half ago. I enrolled a
czech sign language course. After that I've met a lot of people and
became more interested. Honza and I, we made up webpages about the Deaf
and about sign language: http://www.ruce.cz/ (sorry, not in english yet)
Year ago, I went to California School for the Deaf, Fremont for 4 months
to volunteer and to see a different culture and to learn a little bit of
ASL. And I have been preparing myself for studies since december.

There is a lot of issues with SignWriting, where I can participate...
- translation of english materials and manuals about SignWriting
- application of SignWriting on the czech sign language (creation of a
dictionary to show that it is usable)
- promotion SignWriting in czech sign language linguist's quarters and
in the Deaf culture
- publishing news, cartoons, fairy-tales, books and poetry in SignWriting
- teaching SignWriting at the schools for the deaf
- creation of a Czech language learnbook and other learnbooks written in

Well, I would like to work with other people, who are interested in
SW... Honza, Martin, Stepanka and others.

I hope you know more about me now ;o)

Tomas Klapka

Valerie Sutton wrote:

> SignWriting List
> June 2, 2005
> Tomáš Klapka wrote:
>> I have just enrolled czech deaf studies here in Prague and I will
>> study these issues more.
> Hello Tomas!
> Welcome to the SignWriting List. We have been talking so much about
> other things, and sometimes things get a little scattered with many
> ideas being thrown around...so before we get confused
> again...smile...I want you to know we are happy to have so many people
> from the Czech Republic on the SignWriting List. I assume you know the
> others who are adding signs to the Czech SignPuddle on the web? Have
> you tried to add a few signs there?
> Czech Sign language
> http://www.SignBank.org/signpuddle/sgn-CZ
> If not, I can teach you how if you would like...
> Tell us a little about yourself? You are a student of Deaf studies?
> Did you hear about SignWriting in your class?
> Val ;-)
> Valerie Sutton
> Sutton at SignWriting.org <mailto:Sutton at SignWriting.org>
> 1. SignWritingSite
> http://www.SignWriting.org
> Read & Write Sign Languages
> 2. SignBankSite
> http://www.SignBank.org
> Sign Language Dictionaries

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