Story of ASL

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  • Gallaudet decides to make a change.
  • Poor Alice
  • Braidwood Academy was no help.
  • Braidwood Academy
  •  Gallaudet sees hope.
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  • Thomas  Gallaudet had made a bold choice when he saw Alice Cogswell standing by herself. She was deaf and  without a language, enabling  her to communicate with other people.  She could  go overseas to the Braidwood Academy , but  risked the chance of not coming back. Gallaudet was determined to go on his own and bring back information about teaching the deaf.
  •  American Asylum for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb persons  opened.
  • When Gallaudet arrived at the Braidwood Academy, he told them about his mission. They refused giving him any information unless they could make an absurd agreement. Gallaudet declined any agreement and left to keep on searching.
  •  Clerc welcomes change.
  • What are they doing?
  • While attending a public teaching about how the French taught the deaf, Gallaudet was impressed. There he introduced himself to abbe Sicard along with the two deaf students that were used in a demonstration. Both student could understand sign, and write in English or French. Later on Laurent Clerc- one of the students- decided to go back with Gallaudet to the States.
  • A good foundation. 
  • School for the Deaf
  • On the journey back, Clerc was tutored in English. In 1817 the American Asylum for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons opened with Alice as their first student. Both Gallaudet and Clerc taught their students French Sign Language along with fingerspelling.
  • The school later became a blending place of all the different signs. There was the French Sign Language, Native Sign, Martha's Vineyard dialect, and of course the adaption of the signs Clerc was teaching. Clerc noticed this and started to teach the combination later known as ASL.
  • Hartford became the building block and example for other schools for the deaf. ASL had spread and became known as it traveled with the students. 
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