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  • In 1814, Thomas visited his family in Hartford, Connecticut. Looking out the window, he noticed that his younger brothers and sisters were not playing with another child.
  • i wonder why they aren't playing with her 
  • H A T 
  • Not knowing sign language, Thomas attempted to communicate with Alice by pointing to his hat and writing H-A-T in the dirt. She understood him and he was inspired to teach her more. 
  • Thomas first traveled to England, where he ran into  the Braidwood family. This family operated many schools for deaf students in England that focused on the oral method of learning
  • They weren't too willing to share their methods with Gallaudet, especially since Thomas wasn't able to pay the fees . At the same time, he didn't like that the oral method produced desirable results.
  • why would we share with him he's from America and cant even pay the fee
  • while in England he met Abbe Sicard, the director of the Institute , and two of his faculty members, Laurent Clerc and Jean Massieu, both highly educated graduates of the school. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet accompanied them back to France to learn more from them there.
  • before long he ran out of funds to support himself. he still wasn't ready to set up a school on his own, so he called upon Clerc to accompany him back to America. On the way back, Clerc taught Thomas sign language and Thomas taught Clerc English, and together they established the American School for the Deaf in 1817. Laurent Clerc became the first deaf teacher of deaf students in the United States.
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