I traveled all this way could you share your secret method with me ?
We're sorry it's a secret for a reason we can't share that information with you.
Thomas seeks help in London
Clerc this is so interesting you have to teach me more!!!
Thomas Gallaudet sees his neighbors daughter Alice Cogswell playing alone outside and wonders why. He finds out she’s deaf and can’t communicate with others. Alice's father Mason funds a trip for Thomas to find a communication method for his daughter
Thomas convinces Clerc to go to America
Clerc you don't understand how thankful I am that you decided to come to America with me .
It's an amazing opportunity I couldn't pass up.
The first stop of Thomas's educational trip is in France. While there he meets with the Braidwood family that claims they have a secret communication method that allows the deaf the speak and "hear". Thomas is frustrated with their nonsense and heads the London for real answers.
Thomas and Clerc share the information they learned in London with Mason Cogswell
Mr.Cogswell you won't believe all the information we found and learned !
That's brilliant, now let's get to work.
With no hope from the Braidwoods Thomas goes to London where he see a demonstration of french sign language. While there he meets a man by the name of Laurent Clerc who seems to be a scholar and hopes Clerc could somehow help him spread this information.
American School for the Deaf is established
We did it !!! We made deaf history, now kids like Alice can have a communication method.
After Thomas convinces Clerc to come along with him to America they board what is known as the Mayflower of Deaf and prepare to share this communication with Mason Cogswell and his daughter Alice.
Once they land in America they share their information with Mason and soon develop what is known today as ASL. In order to share this communication with people in America like Alice they begin the process of a Deaf school.
After all their hard work the American School for the Deaf was established in 1817 in West Hartford, Connecticut. With the help of Thomas, Clerc, and Mason Cogswell Deaf history was made.