Steve Slevinski

is creating the SignWriting Stream

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Stand up and be counted by adding your voice to mine.  

With enough of a team, $1 per month will let me continue my work.

Every team member helps create a platform for SignWriting.

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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.

Make a statement that your sign language is valuable and that it is written with SignWriting.

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Stand up and be counted as a promoter and authority for your sign language.


SignWriting Representatives are given greater power, authority, and recognition. Representatives help spread and shape the writing of their sign language.

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The SignWriting Stream is a live show with open chat on Gitter.  Every week, we will show, teach, and live code with the Sutton SignWriting resources: websites, standards, packages, and more.  The hosting of the websites and the ongoing development of the standards and packages is funded through this Patreon campaign.




A brief history of SignWriting

  • In 1966, Valerie Sutton invented DanceWriting.
  • In 1974, Valerie Sutton invented SignWriting.
  • From 1974 to 2019, SignWriting was financially supported and promoted through the Center for Sutton Movement Writing (CSMW) non-profit.
  • From 1974 to 1986, SignWriting is written exclusively by hand.
  • From 1981 to 1984, publishing efforts include stencils and wax transfers.
  • From 1986 to 1995, SignWriting is successfully computer encoding with keyboarding support.
  • In 2002, advanced sorting of SignWriting dictionaries is available.
  • In 2004, a drag-and-drop interface is created for SignWriting.
  • In 2006, SignWriting received the ISO 15924 script code "Sgnw".
  • In 2010, the International SignWriting Alphabet 2020 (ISWA 2010) is released.
  • In 2012, the Formal SignWriting in ASCII (FSW) specification is released.
  • In 2015, the Sutton SignWriting Block is added to the Unicode Standard.
  • In 2017, the SignWriting in Unicode (SWU) specification is released.
  • In 2018, the Center for Sutton Movement Writing (CSMW) lost a major funding source.
  • In 2019, the Center for Sutton Movement Writing closed the non-profit portion of the organization due to excessive government paperwork and a focus on fundraising rather than productive work. The Center for Sutton Movement Writing is now an all volunteer organization without fincancial means.
  • In 2019, Steve Slevinski started a Patreon campaign to support his current and future work with SignWriting.
  • In 2020, Valerie Sutton continues her personal support for SignWriting. She has a new series of SignWriting instruction books she is writing. She is also planning a SignWriting Trust for the long-term support of SignWriting.
  • In 2020, Steve Slevinski assumed full responsibility for administering and financially supporting the SignWriting websites. He donates his time to support SignWriting's past, present, and future. The income from the Patreon campaign currrently supports the hosting fees for the websites.
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