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  • Laurent Clerc
  • Hopkins Gallaudet
  • Deepest Interest
  • There once was a man named Laurent Clerc, who was born December 26, 1785, who was deaf since he was a child,
  • The Dream Team
  • we have to do something.
  • and a man named Hopkins Gallaudet, who was born September 10, 1851, who graduated with high honors at a young age in college.
  • A Major Miracle
  • horray!
  • WE DID IT!!
  • Gaullaudet met a man named Mason Cogswell, who had a deaf daughter named Alice Cogswell. The two got him dearly interestested in deaf culture and education.
  • Super School
  • we did a good thing.
  • Cogswell introduced Gaullaudet to Clerc. Both he and Gaullaudet wanted to take action on the lack of education available for hard of hearing people
  • So on April 15th, 1817, with only 7 students, the first school for the deaf in america was opened, with Alice Coggswell as their first enrolled student.
  • With Clerc's French Sign Language influence and part of the deaf culture, the first American School for the Deaf was a sucess!
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