How the first school for the deaf was formed

How the first school for the deaf was formed

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  • Hello! You two must be Laurent Clerc and Abbe Sicard, it's so nice to meet you.
  • Yes, this is my student and I am only allowing three years.
  • Thomas Gallaudet gets introduced to Laurent Clerc through Abbe Sicard, which leads to Clerc inviting Gallaudet to come to his classes in Paris. Lessons were given to Gallaudet by Clerc. 
  • On June 18th, 1816, Laurent and Gallaudet aboard the Mary Augusta to travel overseas to America. Gallaudet was taught Clerk's studies on sign language, and Clerk learned more about writing English. The voyage lasted a total of 52 days.
  •  Arriving in Hartford on August 22nd, 1816, Laurent meets his first student, Alice Cogswell. She is a deaf girl who has no way to communicate. Both Clerc and Gallaudet reached out for ways of funding their school.
  • On April 15th, 1817, the first seven rooms to their school opened, the building originally called the Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb. Gallaudet was the Principal, and Clerc was the head teacher.
  • In January 1818, Clerc went to Congress to get support for his school. He worked with President Monroe and during the 1819-1820 season, achieved 23,000 acres of land for $300,000.
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