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  • Martha's Vineyard
  • I enjoy having conversations with my friend even though he is deaf.
  • Thomas Gallaudet
  • Welcome to my school for the deaf!
  • America school for the deaf
  • I'm able to learn in way that's beneficial to me and my fellow students thanks to Thomas Gallaudet.
  • Martha's Vineyard is the start of the deaf population. Many deaf and hearing people gathered here to live an use sign language.
  • No more ASL
  • ???
  •  Sign language was a language and was being used everywhere. Thomas Gallaudet agreed that sign is a language and decided it should be taught like a normal language too. He established the America school for the deaf.
  • We only sign when people aren't looking.
  • The deaf population moved from Martha's Vineyard to enroll in the America school for the deaf. This is the first official school for the deaf.
  • ASL's for everyone!
  • I'm happy i can communicate with my friends in a way i can understand!
  • Deaf and even hearing people were told not to sign. They were forced to use techniques to help with their speech so hearing people could try to understand them instead of learning regular academic topics.   
  • Even though ASL was not accepted by many deaf people and signers continued to keep it alive. Not wanting to loose their language and its uniqueness they continued to sign in secret. Having secret meetings and signing in private helped continue the language.
  • Once ASL came back into the spot light it was staring to be used everywhere rather you were hearing or not. It was learned that deaf people can communicate to the hearing and even become friends.
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