first school for the deaf

first school for the deaf

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  • Alice Cogswell, daughter of a wealthy sergon, was deafened  in childhood by a terrible fever.
  • Alice met Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, after he learned of her disability from her father.
  • And this is my sweet little Alice
  • Gallaudet headed off to America with Laurent Clerc, determined to start a school for deaf children after learning that they do not get the right treatment in Europe
  • Off we go!
  • Laurent Clerc gave many speeeches to raise money to start a school in the 1800's
  • My name is Laurent Clerc. Thank you for giving me your time today!
  •     On April 15, 1817, Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet opend the first school for the deaf in America
  • We did it!
  • Opening the school for the deaf helped the rest of the world understand this disability and normalize it
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