Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting

The Center For Sutton Movement Writing

The DAC is sponsored by the Center For Sutton Movement Writing, Inc., a USA non-profit, tax-exempt, educational 501 (c) (3) membership organization, founded in Southern California in 1974. The Center is directed by Valerie Sutton

The Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting was founded by Lucinda O'Grady Batch, and was later directed by Darline Clark-Gunsauls. The group was active from 1988-1998. Deaf people fluent in American Sign Language met in La Jolla, California, to prepare SignWriting books, dictionaries, videos, and computer software, and to present lecture demonstrations and workshops.

Although the DAC no longer meets, the work that was accomplished by the DAC lives on. Some of the publications made possible by the DAC include:

The Lessons In SignWriting Video Series
The Deaf Perspectives on SignWriting Video Series
The Learn To Read ASL in SignWriting Video Series
The SignWriting Children's Stories Video
Goldilocks Workbook and Storybooks
Humpty Dumpty in ASL
The American Sign Language-English Dictionary in SignWriting

and many more...


Lucinda Batch

Born Deaf into an all Deaf family, native ASL signer. Grew up in a residential school for the Deaf in New Jersey. Worked full-time at Salk Institute in signed language research until 1990, and now works part-time there. Teaches ASL classes. Lucinda was the first Deaf person hired to work with SignWriting back in 1981. Coordinated the Deaf Action Committee with Valerie Sutton in La Jolla, California, from 1986-1988, 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. The videos were shown on the KTV Cable network in 1996.


Darline Clark-Gunsauls

Darline Clark was born-deaf into an all Deaf family. Darline grew up with her brother, Kevin Clark, in the Missouri School for the Deaf, a residential school in Fulton, Missouri. Darline then attended Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Child Development in 1995. Darline became the director of the DAC , the Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting, in 1996, traveling to Bluefields, Nicaragua, with James Shepard-Kegl that summer. There she taught Deaf students how to read and write Nicaraguan Sign Language in SignWriting. In 1997, Darline began working at UCSD in two capacities: ASL Research Assistant to Dr. Carol Padden, in the Research Program in Language & Literacy and ASL Instructor in the Language Linguistics Program.

Darline is the author of the new SignWriting Children's Stories Series, written in American Sign Language. Three stories, Goldilocks & The Three Bears, Humpty Dumpty, and Cinderella are posted on this web site.


Kevin Clark

Born Deaf into an all Deaf family, native ASL signer. Kevin grew up with his sister, Darline Clark, in the Missouri School for the Deaf, a residential school in Fulton, Missouri. Graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington DC with a major in Psychology in 1993. Has worked full-time at Salk Institute in research, and part-time as a SignWriting instructor for the DAC since 1994. Kevin taught SignWriting on the Lessons In SignWriting Video Series with Lucinda Batch, in 1995. The videos were shown on the KTV Cable network in 1996.


David Gunsauls

A native of San Diego, Dave graduated from the California School for the Deaf at Riverside, California (CSDR) in 1981. He studied at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, New York. Dave has been employed by the United States Postal Service for 15 years. He also owns his own silkscreening and printing business. Dave is our new editor of the SignWriter Newsletter, which is posted on the SignWritingSite. He is also the co-author of Humpty Dumpty, written in American Sign Language.




Richard Gleaves
Software Developer

Software Developer, SignWriter 1.0 - 4.4
Richard Gleaves is the designer and developer of the SignWriter computer program. Working with Valerie Sutton and the DAC from 1986 to 1996, Richard created SignWriter versions 1.0 through 4.3, first for the Apple II and later for MS-DOS.

In 2000 Richard returned to work with Valerie Sutton on a new version of SignWriter, version 4.4. New features include exporting to BMP files and printing to PostScript files (which makes it possible to create SignWriter documents in PDF format using Adobe Acrobat).

A resident of San Diego, Richard is a visual artist as well as a writer and software designer. He has a master's degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University.


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Valerie Sutton
CSMW 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 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.

Sutton has continued to work full time with SignWriting since 1981, publishing the SignWriter Newspaper from 1981-1984, working with Lucinda O'Grady Batch to coordinate the DAC in 1986-1988, with Richard Gleaves, to assist the development of the SignWriter Computer Program, and with Darline Clark, to develop Children's Stories written in ASL. Sutton is the sole designer and webmaster of two web sites: the SignWritingSite and the DanceWritingSite. The first posting of the SignWritingSite was on September 20, 1996. Sutton posts free lessons online every first and third Monday of each month, and hosts the SignWriting Email List, informing list members about new developments. Write to the DAC for a complete listing of Sutton Movement Writing publications.

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History of SignWriting

A Global Writing System For A Global Age
Valerie Sutton's Autobiography

...the inventor shares her dreams...

For more information, contact:
Deaf Action Committee For SignWriting:

The DAC, P.O. Box 517, La Jolla,
California, 92038-0517, USA

Tel: (858) 456-0098
Fax: (858) 456-0020


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