What do I do, I love my daughter but she is Deaf. I could send her away to braidwood academy but that may be dangerous. To travel overseas, I will go and see what I can do to help her.
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet had taught Alice how to write the word HAT in the mud. He began to realize that even the deaf had a right to education.
Gallaudet was sent to Europe in order to gain and education in sign language so that he might come back and teach sign language in the Us, however he ended up stumbling upon a public demonstration of sign language by Sicard and Laurent Clerc.
During the 51 day trip home Clerc began to teach sign language to Gallaudet. And upon their arrival they set immediately to work on gathering funds for the school they wanted to build fro deaf people.
The school open and the first official registered student was Alice Cogswell. Although they were learning sign language they began to change the signs to what was easier or worked better.
What they changed in the signs then, or made new back then is what we use now. ASL, american sign language, is basically what they put together back then to replace certain parts of what they learned from French sign language. ASl is very similar to FSL because it came from it, or rather was adapted from it. This version of ASL was passed down to children allowing to always develop, be changed, or even add words to the language. Suprise!! This is the history behind ASL