New Jersey School for the Deaf 5th graders will learn SignWriting

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Thu Mar 12 16:12:33 UTC 2009

SignWriting List
March 12, 2009

Hello Carl and Everyone!
Now I remember you live in the UK, Carl. I am happy you are doing  
well. BSL and ASL are quite different languages, so that would be  
great if you could learn both...

The videos with Lucinda O'Grady Batch that the children at the New  
Jersey School for the Deaf will be watching, are the same ones that  
you have already seen on Google. Everyone can watch them any time on  
the internet...Here they are with links to Google on these web pages:

Video 1: Lessons in SignWriting Introduction

Video 2: Lessons in SignWriting Basics

Video 3: Deaf Perspectives on SignWriting
How Deaf Opinions Changed

Video 4: Deaf Perspectives on SignWriting
How SignWriting Changed

Regarding Cued Speech, which you mention in your message below,  
yes...we have written Cued Speech before. If you to our SignWriting  
Site and click on the Search Icon at the top of the web page and  
search for Cued Speech you will find web pages like this one, where it  
was discussed on our List before...if you scroll down on this web page  
you will find other links to writing Cued Speech...

Is there anyone on the List who has written Cued Speech lately?

Val ;-)


On Mar 11, 2009, at 3:21 AM, Carl Jones wrote:

> Thank you for your response Val!
> I know of Lucinda O'Grady Batch - I've watched the SignWriting  
> videos before, they were really fun. It's really interesting that  
> Mrs Batch studied there.  Strange coincidence, eh? :-D
> I'm fine thank you Val.  I hope you're doing well, too.  Sadly  
> though, I don't live in the US - I live in England.  Though I would  
> love to move to the US (My brother lives in WI and keeps telling me  
> I should move over there - I could actually get a job! I live in an  
> area with very high unemployment - I've studied computers in college  
> and yet I still can't find a job).  Unfortunately we don't teach  
> SignWriting in England yet, I don't think.  I'm definitely going to  
> teach my kids, (daughter especially) SignWriting to go with Sign! It  
> seems to go hand-in-hand.
> I've been considering learning ASL as well as BSL.  It's definitely  
> going the way of being the Lingua Franca of the Sign Languages, I  
> think.  Do you think you will put the videos up on Google Videos or  
> anything, for those who couldn't attend them?
> I have a quick question, do you know of Cued Speech? I just had a  
> thought - how would that look written in SignWriting? Hmm.
> Carl :-)
> 2009/3/10 Valerie Sutton <sutton at>
> SignWriting List
> March 10, 2009
> Thank you, Carl, for this message. It is great to hear from you...
> Yes, I am pretty excited about a new school for the Deaf in the US  
> learning you know, Cherie Wren has introduced  
> SignWriting briefly at the Georgia School for the Deaf, and the  
> SignWriting Literacy Project was used for around 5 years in the  
> Albuquerque Public Schools for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs  
> there...but this is the first time in New Jersey, and what I find  
> great, is the fact that the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf in  
> Trenton is the old alma mater of Lucinda O'Grady Batch, our Deaf ASL  
> teacher on the Lessons in SignWriting Video that is fun  
> for all of us...including the Deaf students, who will have a good  
> role model to look up to, in Lucinda on the videos and dvds and her  
> photos are also throughout our textbooks...
> SignWriting is also taught in other schools, in Quebec, and Germany  
> and Belgium and Brazil, and yes, of course Nicaragua...
> And how are you Carl? And where are you located in the US?
> Cherie will be teaching SignWriting in a workshop on the Cat in the  
> Hat in Birmingham, Alabama, at the end of March...27th and 28th I  
> believe...
> Val ;-)
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