How long does it take to learn?

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Sat Dec 16 03:58:24 UTC 2006

Shane and everyone!

Take a look at this web page:

Please ask Pauline for her everything accurate on this  
web page? ;-))

This is something new for people to read in the UK!

Val ;-)

On Dec 15, 2006, at 2:38 PM, Shane Gilchrist O hEorpa wrote:

> it depends on how much material u do have really...
> SW isnt really taking off in ireland and the UK because of the limited
> materials - for instance, Pauline's lovely Xmas card in BSL - people
> picks it up quick because its IN their language - why would they learn
> ASL?
> :-)
> Shane
> On 15/12/06, Adam Frost <adam at> 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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