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The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the handwriting sciences. AHAF promotes education for handwriting examiners at all levels of experience and from all schools of thought.
The mission of American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF) is to provide information and services to its members with the goal of enriching their effectiveness as handwriting analysts and to educate the public about the handwriting sciences.
What is AHAF...
AHAF is a non-profit educational organization that welcomes members from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. No specific course of study is currently required for membership. A list of instructors recommended by the organization and approved by the Education Department is listed on the courses page. Although we are based in the U.S., we are pleased to welcome a growing number of international members.
Our membership offers a full range of handwriting professionals who teach classes, give lectures, provide analysis, and authenticate documents. Our professionals are listed by region and some offer lectures or consultation by Skype.
Publications and Library
AHAF publishes several graphology monographs that are available for purchase. We also offer an extensive library for use by members. Back issues of our newsletter and a large collection of monographs is available online for our members to download at no charge in the members-only area.
AHAF publishes a quarterly journal packed with informative articles, book reviews, committee reports and member news.
For more than twenty years AHAF has alternated with AAHA in hosting an annual conference. To encourage participation by members from coast to coast, as well as from other countries, conferences are located in various parts of the U.S.. Internationally recognized speakers are invited to share their knowledge, and members have a unique opportunity to make new acquaintances and discuss the various challenges they face in their own geographical areas.
Along with handwriting analysis, AHAF provides a place for document experts, educators, mental health professionals, attorneys, physicians, career counselors and others to interact and learn from each other.
The Research committee is ready to assist any serious researcher with his or her project. Some past research projects include: Printing and Handwriting; Relationship between handwriting and creativity in fifth grade children; Establishing a valid and reliable relationship between handwriting and personality traits; Genetic influences in handwriting; Identifying thinking and behavioral styles of the four quadrants of the brain through handwriting movement patterns.
The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation offers
Good news: We have outgrown our current meeting space! Starting with our next monthly meeting, January 27, 2014, the North Suburban IL (Chicago area) Handwriting Analysis Study Group will meet at Sunset Foods in their upper level conference room, 4190 Illinois 83 in Long Grove, IL 60047. (corner of Rt 83 & Aptakistic Rd.) NOTE: Meeting time will change to 1:30 - 3:30 pm. Meetings will still be held the fourth Monday of each month with exceptions for holidays.
This holiday season, our big wish at the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is for handwriting training to return to the school curriculum. Though more than forty states have removed that requirement, seven have seen the need to return it. So we are joining with our Campaign for Cursive committee to offer members some fun items.
AHAF is happy to welcome the newly minted Pennsylvania Chapter and Allan Grim as president. Contact info on our Meet The Board page.
If you would like to start a chapter in your area, contact Val Weil, AHAF's Chapter Coordinator: email@example.com. All it takes is 5 members. We'll give you some funds to help get things started, and we will support you all the way.
The newest issue of Science, Vol. 342, No. 6158, 1 Nov. 2013, has reports on recent research regarding the brain from pages 577-589. On page 579 is a reference on how to read on line the full article on which a one-page review summary is based. I would think the material is of most interest to those who are into the more technical side of the topic and who might be able to discern any specific application to handwriting and related expressive gestures.
Check out Val's latest survey for AHAF:
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