How long does it take to learn?

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Sat Dec 16 02:58:05 UTC 2006

Hello Adam!
What a wonderful message. I am so impressed...I am glad you are  
teaching other people and writing so!!

Keep being bold...

Val ;-)

PS. maybe some of your friends could start writing some literature to  
add to our library of reading materials ...that would help stimulate  
more readers ...and give them a reason for learning to write...


On Dec 15, 2006, at 1:45 PM, Adam Frost wrote:

> I can only say from my experience as a Deaf user. I have taught a lot
> of Deafies to read SW, and they all get it in less than 30 minutes.
> Now that doesn't mean that they can write in SW, but the can read a
> document without support.
> Now, for your question about daily users, that will be diffcult to
> figure as I am sure several others on the list will agree. But I can
> speak for myself that I have tons of notes to myself in SW. My
> computer has some, but is limited because of the lack of technology.
> Which brings me to my next comment, most Deafies I know near me don't
> use it on a daily bases because there isn't ease to use it. This has
> brought out my blunt nature of being Deaf (and because I know them
> well) to say to them it is just an excuse to stay illiterate in their
> own native language. (I know. Very bold!)
> I hope this helped you out some.
> Adam
> On 12/15/06, Jason Hopkins <codenosher at> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Just so you know, I'm probing a bit for some research I'm doing :)
>> From your experiences, how long does it take for your average Deaf  
>> person to
>> learn SW good enough to read most things?  I know this is pretty  
>> vague, but
>> I'd like to know about what you've experienced yourself or in  
>> training
>> classes.
>> I'd also like to know how many people are using SW on a daily  
>> basis, and in
>> what ways.  I have seen the cards and a couple of emails, but in  
>> what ways
>> are you using this on a daily basis for meaningful communication  
>> outside of
>> the handful of grade schools I've seen listed.
>> Does anyone leave coworkers notes in SW?  Look around your  
>> computer, on a
>> bulletin board or on your fridge, do you have notes to yourself or  
>> others in
>> SW?  I'd really like to know how the deaf Deaf are using SW on a  
>> daily
>> basis.
>> -Jason
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