SignWriting on San Diego Local News Program Yesterday

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Wed Apr 2 15:04:41 UTC 2008

SignWriting List
April 2, 2008

Hello Everyone!
Yesterday morning I woke up and turned on my computer. I had a cup of  
coffee in my hand and started to read my email. I read a "Google  
Alert" telling me that a press release about SignWriting had been  
posted on the web. It was the National Association of Police and Lay  
Charities group, the NALPC, that had posted the press release, which I  
mentioned to you yesterday. After I posted that message to all of  
you...around 5 minutes later...the telephone rang, and it was the  
Channel 10 ABC local San Diego news channel. The reporter had read the  
press release on the web, and wanted to do a story within the next 2  
hours, for a local news program that same night...She wanted to  
interview Deaf people in my office and why they would want to write  
sign language, and since it was around 9:00 in the morning, and I work  
out of my home, there were no Deaf friends in my office at that time!  
I called a Deaf friend, but their tty was not on...Nancy Romero was  
kind enough to drive immediately to my home. Within 2 hours of the  
telephone call, we were being interviewed on camera...The small TV  
spot that resulted was only around a minute long on the news last  
night, and it went so fast I am sure that most people only got a tiny  
idea of what SignWriting is...The transcript, which is attached, is  
not perfect. The questions that were asked of us in the interview were  
mostly "why would anyone want to write sign language when they can  
write English?". We answered that same question many times. I pointed  
out that SignWriting was developed to preserve, read and write  
beautiful languages, signed languages, but it was not meant to replace  
any other language...and of course everyone wants to learn other  
languages...and it is useful to be able to read and write different  
languages...etc etc all know this... is the transcript of the TV program...

And many thanks to Nancy Romero, for making the interview fun and  
informative...and for interpreting for me...I truly appreciate it!

There is a little Quicktime movie of the TV spot. I will ask the TV  
station for permission to post it on our web site later...

It can be viewed on the web right now here:

San Diegan Creates Written Form Of Sign Language
KGTV, - San Diego,CA,USA
Signwriting is used in over 40 countries and Sutton is working on a  
way for deaf people to write in sign language online.
See all stories on this topic

  Val ;-)

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