SW Symposium in DC

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Jun 1 17:38:55 UTC 2006

That's why I'm thinking at least a year out, with people coming from all over, not just the DC area, and truly try to launch a national user's group to focus on ASL as well as truly having a representative showing of multiple signed languages (something that was missing from Deaf Way II, to the complaint of many from Brazil, Columbia, Panama, and other South American and Central American delegates.)

Valerie Sutton <sutton at signwriting.org> wrote:
  SignWriting List  June 1, 2006

  Hello Charles!
  Sure. Good idea. If you can get a real working organizing committee to organize this, I am here to help the committee the best I can. I bet we can get a room to use at Gallaudet campus...if I know there are two or three people willing to commit time to be on the organizing committee, then I can contact the President's office at Gallaudet to see if it can be arranged for the space...the problem in the past is that I felt quite alone in it, and without a group to organize the event, it will not happen...

  So Charles...do you want to be a member of the organizing committee? The President's office will need contact people for the organizing committee...people located in the DC area...

  I had originally hoped to hold a Symposium after the NAD conference this summer, but I had no one to help me organize it...I can't do it alone...organizing symposiums or conferences takes a team of people...

  Val ;-)


    On Jun 1, 2006, at 4:35 AM, Charles Butler wrote:

    I would like to propose putting together a SignWriting Educational Symposium in DC for Summer of 2007 (July / August timeframe).
  Purpose: Showcase SignWriting in Education, Literacy, and International communications.
  Delegates: All current SignWriting projects, particularly those in the U.S., that are fostering the use of SignWriting in the classroom, and also encouraging delegates from all other countries (particularly South America), who are working with pilot projects.  
  Focus 1: SignWriting and the Deaf - Why Use Sign Writing?  Deaf presenters give their point of view with copies of the current videotape library for sale.
  Focus 2: Current Educational Materials: ASL, Libras (Brazilian), Norwegian, Czech versions of Sign Writing for Everyday Use, the Spanish Sigh Language materials, Nicaraguan materials. 
  Focus 3: Next Steps in Education: Chance to compare notes from efforts around the world.
  Observations: Deaf Way II had very few opportunities to discuss any sign languages other than ASL and its impact on education.  Holding this conference with ASL and users of other Sign Languages will have a high impact on the international Deaf community.  Holding it near the Gallaudet Campus will encourage more Deaf and hearing users.  Having delegates from all over the world will ensure that Gallaudet has copies of the educational materials in its libraries and bookstore so that people don't (as they often assume) that SignWriting died about 25 years ago and hasn't been picked up since.
  Needs: Conference Committee - A Core Group to focus on obtaining space, video equipment, contracting of ASL interpreters, and communicating with delegates and interpreters of other Sign Languages.  I'm willing to help Chair such an effort, but cannot do it alone, and want Deaf partners from the very beginning.
  Costs: 1) Price of hotel (kept low to encourage participation), seeking specific sponsorship of a non-profit group so that we can apply for grants-in-aid to launch this effort.
  Do I have anyone currently on this list willing to help this happen?
  Charles Butler
  (user of SW since 1978).  
Valerie Sutton <sutton at signwriting.org> wrote:
  SignWriting List
May 31, 2006

Hello from Slovenia,

I support the idea to have SW topic at this EFSLI conference. As a 
sign language interpreter in would be very interesting and educational.

All the best
Matjaz juhart
matjaz.juhart at zveza-gns.si


On May 31, 2006, at 8:58 AM, Honza wrote:

> Hi Val,
> we didn't considered holding SW workshop yet. It didn't come to my 
> mind yet, but Val, if you or someone else come, we can put it on 
> program. But I don't feel skilled enough to lead international 
> workshop on SW.
> H
> I hope one day I'll be able to invite all of you to Prague for SW 
> symp.
> Valerie Sutton wrote:
>> SignWriting List
>> May 31, 2006
>> The conference in Prague looks great! What a beautiful city Prague 
>> is!
>> Thank you for informing us, Honza.
>> Have you considered holding a SignWriting workshop at your 
>> conference?
>> Val ;-)
>> PS. Interpreters can use SignWriting...for example in Denmark, 
>> they learn SignWriting while they are in training as interpreters...
>> --------
>> On May 31, 2006, at 6:10 AM, Honza wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> some time ago, I send you info about this conference.
>>> This time website http://www.cktzj.com/efsli2006 is done for all 
>>> browser and you can see short info about conference also in 
>>> International signs, or CZJ ;)
>>> Honza
>>> -----------------
>>> I would like to invite you to big international event for Sign
>>> Language Interpreters - EFSLI AGM & CONFERENCE 2006, which will 
>>> be held in
>>> Prague, Czech Republic, this September.
>>> The topic of conference is "Innovative Practice in Team 
>>> Interpreting"
>>> P.S.: For more information, go to www.cktzj.com/efsli2006
>>> Honza, CZ


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