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For the Future of Sutton SignWriting



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Hi, I'm Steve! I love working with Sutton SignWriting. For the past 14 years, I’ve been working with Valerie Sutton, the inventor of SignWriting. Together, we created the Sutton SignWriting standards of 2010, 2012, and 2017. These standards will be useful far into the future.

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For the Future of Sutton SignWriting

  1. 1. For the Future of Sutton SignWriting by Steve Slevinski
  2. 2. Steve Slevinski Hi, I’m Steve! I love working with SignWriting. 14 years ago, I started a collaboration with Valerie Sutton, the inventor of SignWriting. Together, we created the Sutton SignWriting Standards of 2010, 2012, and 2017. These standards will be useful far into the future.
  3. 3. I am the encoder of Sutton SignWriting A hundred years from now, properly encoded Sutton SignWriting text will still be legible. sign language user friend of the deaf SignWriting Evangelist ase-US-Sgnw 2010, 2012, 2017
  4. 4. Sign languages are human languages
  5. 5. Sign languages are written with SignWriting
  6. 6. Around the world, over 140 sign languages have been identified Brazil ISO 3166-1 Two letter country codes BR Brazilian Sign Language ISO 639-3 Three letter language codes bzs
  7. 7. 80 sign languages are written with SignWriting Sutton SignWriting ISO 15924 Four letter script code Sgnw
  8. 8. The 10 largest dictionaries have over 4,600 signs each
  9. 9. SignWriting in Brazil The History of SignWriting in Brazil on TV INES.
  10. 10. 1966 Valerie Sutton invents DanceWriting 1974 Valerie Sutton invents SignWriting The Beginning From the beginning, Valerie Sutton has encouraged writers of every sign language.
  11. 11. The Center for Sutton Movement Writing 1974 The Center for Sutton Movement Writing is founded 1976 The CSMW becomes California Tax-Exempt 1978 The CSMW becomes US Federal Tax-Exempt 2004 Steve Slevinski hired as consultant 2018 Loss of major funding source 2019 Funding deficit of $2,000 a month a 501c3 educational non-profit 95-3068257 SignWriting is free to use
  12. 12. Before I was Involved 1974 - 1986 SignWriting is written exclusively by hand 1981 - 1984 Publishing efforts with stencils and wax transfers 1986 - 1995 Computer encoding with keyboarding 2002 Advanced sorting with printed dictionaries
  13. 13. My Influence on SignWriting I recreated the digital encoding of SignWriting text using standard technologies for better processing. I brought a mathematical model to SignWriting, based on Valerie Sutton’s design and historical use. Since 2004, I have released free tools and resources to help SignWriting spread. I plan to continue with new developments; releasing betters tools and documentation for SignWriting.
  14. 14. I am the Website Administrator SignPuddle Online All are welcome. My patrons will be given preferential treatment. SignMaker Dictionaries
  15. 15. My History with SignWriting 2004 Steve Slevinski collaborates with Valerie Sutton 2004 Drag-and-drop user interface 2006 ISO 15924 Script Code Sgnw 2010 International SignWriting Alphabet 2010 (ISWA 2010) 2012 Formal SignWriting in ASCII (FSW) 2015 Sutton SignWriting Block added to Unicode Standard 2017 SignWriting in Unicode (SWU) 2019 Funding goal of $2,000 a month
  16. 16. Project of note The American Sign Language Wikipedia The ASL Wikipedia has over 50 articles. A long term project that will benefit every sign language
  17. 17. Project of note The SignTyp project and linguistic coding system 20,000 videos from 25 countries. SignWriting conversion to SignTyp linguistic coding system. So far, 8,000 full transcriptions with SignWriting. Organized sets for analysis.
  18. 18. Future Plans More collaborations. Better websites. Standardized dictionaries. Extensive literature. Additional fonts. Easier writing.
  19. 19. I am building relationships on Patreon to support my work and the work of others. Steve Slevinski I am committed to the future of SignWriting. Patreon will allow me to continue to work with Valerie Sutton far into the future.
  20. 20. SignWriting Free I support free culture and the creation of free culture works. Everyone is free to use SignWriting. You do not need to be my patron to benefit from my work. $0 a month
  21. 21. SignWriting Team With enough of a team, $1 per month will let me continue my work. Stand up and be counted by adding your voice to mine. Every team member expands the SignWriting platform. $1 a month or more
  22. 22. SignWriting Partners Make a statement that your sign language is valuable and that it is written with SignWriting. If you believe in SignWriting and support my work, become my partner with a larger monthly donation. SignWriting Partners are given insider information, special access, and preferential treatment. $10 a month or more
  23. 23. SignWriting Representatives Open to individuals, groups, businesses, schools, universities, and government agencies. Stand up and be counted as a promoter and authority for your sign language. SignWriting Representatives are given greater power, authority, and recognition. They help spread and shape the writing of their sign language. $100 a month or more
  24. 24. SignWriting Founder SignWriting Founders make a serious statement that sign languages are written languages and that SignWriting will thrive into the future. Ensure the future of SignWriting with Valerie Sutton and Steve Slevinski. $1,000 a month or more SignWriting Founders are given the greatest amount of access and influence.
  25. 25. SignWriting Sponsors SignWriting sponsors donate in the name of a group or individual for a particular sign language. Some groups and individuals can not afford monthly fees, but they are worthy of the benefits. any level monthly donation is appreciated With over 80 active sign languages around the world, there is a great need for sponsorship in SignWriting.
  26. 26. The Campaign for 2019 and beyond Initial goal of $2,000 a month Become a patron of Steve
  27. 27. Monthly Donations The income I derive from Patreon will support me and my work with SignWriting. Living expenses Hardware Software Travel Conferences Consultants Fellow Patreons
  28. 28. Fellow SignWriters Do you teach, write, research, or use SignWriting? Create your own Patreon page to support your work. I pledge to become a patron and promoter of all sign writers on Patreon.
  29. 29. Donating to the non-profit The Center for Sutton Movement Writing is tax-exempt for California and for US Federal Book donations Educational material Teaching and instruction Resources and websites Non-profit administration Legal documents and taxes Donations will help with the work of the non-profit:
  30. 30. Steve Slevinski For the Future of Sutton SignWriting Let’s secure the future. Become a patron of SignWriting today. June 2018 Revision 1