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In 1807, Alice Cogswell became deaf at the age of 2.She was not taught sign language until she later enrolled in The American School for the Deaf.
Her neighbor, Thomas Gallaudet, met her and became interested in educating deaf people like her.
Gallaudet Travels to England, However they refuse to tell him any of their secrets.
Gallaudet then travels to France where he meets a Deaf man named Laurent Clerc. Clerc became deaf after an accident as a toddler where he fell into a fireplace.
Clerc agrees to join Gallaudet in his travel back to America. On the way they teach eachother their languages.
MVSL is a sign language created in Martha's Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts with a large Deaf population.
Together they create The American School for the Deaf in 1817. This school begins the creation of ASL by combining FSL and MVSL.
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