Laurent Clerc lost his hearing after falling from his high chair into the fireplace in the kitchen when he was 1 year old, and for the next 11 years he only took care of the animals and exploring the village.
How Laurent Clerc lost his hearing
Welcome to the Institute national des Jeune sourds-muets
Laurent Clerc starts going to school
When Laurent Clerc was 12 his uncle-godfather inrolled him into the Institute national des Jeune sourds-muets, it was the first school for the deaf in the world. Clerc later excelled in his academic skills and then became a tutor trail, while Sicard brought Clerc with him to London.
Thomas Gallaudet meeting Laurent Clerc
Gallaudet and Cogswell who were neighbors were both concerned about how there was no school for the deaf in America, the two gained support from friends, wealthy members, etc. Gallaudet was then later sent to europe to learn deaf teachings, then meeting Clerc from Sicrad.
Nice to finally meet you, Clerc!
Clerc heads to america
Gallaudet and Clerc head to America on June 18, 1816. The Trip last 52 days, Clerc used that time to teach Gallaudet signing, in return Gallaudet helped Clerc learn English. They arrived on August 22 the same day he met Alice, Cogswell's deaf daughter. Gallaudet and Clerc made speeches around the U.S. to get Legislative, financial and public support.
thank you for teaching me sign, I can help you learn English.
The first school for the deaf in America
on April 15, 1817, they rented rooms that would hold 7 students in the American school for the Deaf, Alice Cogswell was the first to enroll. Gallaudet was the principle and Clerc was the head teacher. On May 28, 1818, Clerc addressed the Connecticut Legislature, the congressman sponsored the school with 23.000 acres of land where the school was mostly built.
Clerc Primarily taught grade-school students and trained future teachers and administrators, many of them became productive deaf citizens and educated deaf leaders, teaching others Clerc's way of teaching making him the greatest influence. Clerc's students also founded other schools, Clerc completed 50 years of teaching retiring in 1858 when he turned 73. On July 18, 1869 Clerc passed away at the age of 83.
This is Laurent Clerc, he is here as a guest speaker!