SignWriting materials donated to Ethiopian Deaf teacher

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Fri Mar 28 15:11:37 UTC 2008

SignWriting List
March 28, 2008

Hello Eyasu and Eliza!
Thank you for this nice message...Now I understand how Eliza learned  
about SignWriting...It is through your SignWriting instruction at  
Addis Ababa University...this is great news.

I shipped the box of SignWriting materials to Eliza last week. They  
are similar to the materials I already sent you, Eyasu.

I am very impressed with your BA in Ethiopian Sign Language and Deaf  
Culture at Addis Ababa University. Congratulations on all you have  
accomplished so quickly!

And I will be very happy to add this photo to our web area for  
Ethiopia...I will write again when it is posted on the web... This is  
a great picture!

I am finishing the ISWA 2008 to the best of my ability, this weekend.  
I have worked on it for two years now...And there are many new  
handshapes that I hope will be helpful to writing Ethiopian Sign  
Language...We hope to install the new symbols into SignPuddle in May  
or June 2008...So hopefully, by the time your University program is  
ready in September 2008, the new handshapes will be available to your  

Many blessings -

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at


On Mar 27, 2008, at 10:39 PM, Eyasu Tamene wrote:

> Dearest Val and Eliza and all,
> Many greetings after so long.  I have been attending the network  
> discussion behind the scene and I feel so happy that Eliza become  
> interested to contact you and join the forum.
> Here in Addis Ababa University we give awareness raising, non- 
> credit, free of charge, course in ESL and Deaf Culture to the  
> university community. The program is given every Saturday morning  
> and Eliza is one of the Deaf teachers.  She came to our office and  
> saw the SW materials and felt happy to be well aware of it and I  
> hope Val satisfied her need, smile.
> As part of my class, I give Introduction to ESL and Deaf Culture for  
> the undergraduate linguistics students. Sign Writing was given as  
> part of the course and exam.  The students become inspired and got  
> the basics of SW.  Attached you may see one of my student, Ahmed,  
> practicing the SW symbols in the class.  Val, would it be possible  
> to post it in the Ethiopia web?
> Our BA in ESL and Deaf Culture program is hopfully to be lounched by  
> the coming Sept' 2008.  The department is happy to invite  
> individuals, institutions and organizations for a partnership  
> cooperation.  For more information please contact the Department  
> Chairperson:
>    Dr. Hirut WoldeMariam
>    Email- hirutwoldemariam at
>    Dr Moges Yigezu, Head of the Project
>    Email- mogesyigezu at
> Best Regards,
> Eyasu

Val ;-)

Valerie Sutton
Sutton at

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