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Two Deaf ASL native signers, Lucinda O'Grady and Kevin Clark, teach SignWriting in American Sign Language, with English voice and captions. DVD includes: Video 1: Introduction to SignWriting and Video 2: SignWriting Basics. Two colorful, illustrated booklets are included, providing an English transcription of each video.
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LUCINDA O'GRADY was born Deaf into an all Deaf family, and is a native ASL signer, growing up in a residential school for the Deaf in New Jersey, the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf. Lucinda worked full-time at Salk Institute in signed language research until 1990, teaching ASL classes at San Diego Mesa College. Lucinda was the first Deaf person hired to work with SignWriting back in 1981, founding the Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting (the DAC) with Valerie Sutton in La Jolla, California in 1988, and became DAC Coordinator, working with Deaf DAC staff members from 1988-1995. Lucinda taught SignWriting on the Lessons In SignWriting Video Series with Kevin Clark in 1995 and was featured on the DVD: Deaf Perspectives on SignWriting Video Series. The videos were shown on the KTV Cable network in 1996. Lucinda works with sign language research at the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University. KEVIN CLARK was born Deaf into an all Deaf family, Kevin is a native American Sign Language (ASL) signer. Kevin grew up with his sister, Darline Clark Gunsauls, in the Missouri School for the Deaf, a residential school in Fulton, Missouri, graduating from Gallaudet University in Washington DC with a major in Psychology in 1993. Kevin worked as a Sign Language researcher at Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and as a SignWriting instructor for the Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting (the DAC) in the 1990s. Kevin was featured on two SignWriting video series...the Lessons In SignWriting Video Series with Lucinda O Grady Batch, and the Deaf Perspectives on SignWriting Video Series in 1995. The videos were shown on the KTV Cable US national network in 1996. Kevin is currently a professor of American Sign Language at City College in Sacramento, California.About the Director:
SignWriting was first invented by VALERIE SUTTON in Denmark in 1974. It is one of five sections of Sutton Movement Writing, a system for reading and writing body movement. Sutton, born 1951, grew up in professional ballet training in Southern California, and first invented DanceWriting, preserving the historic Bournonville Schools, a ballet system used by the Royal Danish Ballet. In 1974, while she was teaching the Royal Danish Ballet to read and write dance, a researcher at the University of Copenhagen, Lars von der Lieth, asked her to develop a way to read and write the movements of signed languages. This was the beginning of SignWriting. Valerie Sutton has dedicated her life to developing a useful writing system for all sign languages, that can be used on a daily basis by signers of all ages, using any sign language. Sign languages are not international. There are different sign languages in each country, each with its own unique grammar and structure, but the SignWriting International Alphabet (ISWA 2010) writes them all, because it writes body movement. The signs may mean different concepts in different sign languages, but the movements (the way the signs look) can be written with the same SignWriting symbols. The SignWriting Script, used by thousands of people worldwide, is officially recognized as a world script by the International Bureau of Standardization (ISO), and in 2015 became a part of Unicode.
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