Left: Norwegian Deaf
educators, from right to left: Ingvild Roald,
Asle George Karlsen
and Odd-Inge Schrøder,
learn to type with the
SignWriter Computer
Program during a
Sign Writing workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1990.

SignWriting In Norway
A Brief History...

SignWriting has been used in Norway since 1988. Thanks to the dedication of Ingvild Roald, a teacher of the Deaf at Bjorkaasen Skole in Bergen, Norway, interest began to spread among Norwegian Deaf people. Ingvild has been encouraging Deaf people to use the SignWriter Computer Program and did the translations of the SignWriter manuals and textbooks from English to Norwegian. The Norwegian government sponsored these translations.

In 1992, the Norwegian Broadcasting Network (NRK) aired a television program in March and July, which briefly discussed SignWriting. SignWriting is recognized by the Norwegian National University Council as a subject that, combined with other subjects, qualifies for university admittance.

SignWriting Used In Two Norwegian Schools
In Norway, an elementary and junior high school, Hunstad Skole, in the city of Bergen, has been using SignWriting since 1988. They have chosen to combine the writing of signs in SignWriting, with some written remarks in Norwegian, for the school's teachers, for teachers of mainstreamed students, and for parents of deaf students. They have been writing by hand all these years, but hope to start using the SignWriter Computer Program at a later date.

Bjorkaasen Skole, a senior high school in Bergen, has also been using SignWriting since 1988. A few years ago, Hunstad Skole, Bjorkaasen Skole, and another senior high school in the city of Stavanger, were fused into one administrative entity, called the "Vestlandet Kompetansesenter". Teachers at this center have the responsibility of teaching signs to other groups outside the center. SignWriting is used daily by the Sign Language instructors for this program, teaching the reading and writing of signs to parents, teachers of mainstreamed children, and the school's new teachers.

Ingvild Roald is in the process of completing new publications in SignWriting for Bjorkaasen Skole, including books and dictionaries written in SignWriting.

Below: Poster Presentation Fagtorg 2005

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NORWAY Poster Presentation
Fagtorg 2005
in Norwegian

NORWAY Poster Presentation
Fagtorg 2005
in English


For more information about
SignWriting in Norway, contact:

Ingvild Roald

Ingvild Roald
Statped Vest (Vestlandet Kompetansesenter)
Vestlandet Resource Center for Deaf Education
Pb. 6039 Bergen Postterminal
tel. +47 55 92 34 56
sms +47 926 68 420

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