was first developed by Valerie Sutton, an American, at
the University of Copenhagen in 1974-1975, on a research
project conducted by Lars von der Lieth.
From 1975-1982, Valerie lived and worked in her homeland,
the United States, developing and improving SignWriting,
with the advice and assistance of many native ASL signers.
Even so, it was still Denmark that became the first country
to adopt SignWriting offcially. The system has been used
in Deaf education and research in the Danish school system
Britta Hansen, director of the Deaf Center For Total Communication
(KC) in Copenhagen, was the first to support SignWriting
for Deaf education. The Danish Deaf Center continues to
use SignWriting to this day, in a variety of ways.
Danish Computer Program For SignWriting
Karen Albertsen and her colleagues at the Deaf Center
For Total Communication in Copenhagen, designed their
own computer program on the Macintosh, using SignWriting.
Called TegnBank, which means "SignBank"
in Danish, the program is a linguistic data base for dictionaries
of signs. Karen and others have been building a large
Danish Sign Language dictionary in SignWriting in the
For more information about SignWriting in the Danish school
system, the TegnBank Computer Program, or the extensive
list of SignWriting publications produced in Denmark,
The Deaf Center
For Total Communication
2100 Copenhagen Ø
(45) 31-42-38-28 voice
Britta Hansen, Director
Karen Albertsen, Sign Writing Research