John Lee Clark, a DeafBlind writer and poet, has posted a good essay on his blog about why written ASL literature is important.
“It’s not that we cannot enjoy ASL performances. Readings, videos, and theater are still important. But there’s something about the abstract, bare symbols on the page that invites our minds to engage, argue with, interrogate, and absorb the language before us. We cannot do these things as well when we are only spectators.”