when clerc was around a year old he fell from a high chair right into the kitchen fireplace therefor his cheek was severely burned then a fever started to develop and then it was discovered that his hearing and sense was damaged no one has found out if it was an incident or if he was born with the disabilities then for the next 11 years he didnt go to school
an experience that changed his life
why can't you pronounce this word!
when clerc was twelve years old his godfather enrolled him in the first ever deaf school called institut natinal des jeune sourds-muets it was established by the priest names abbe de l'epee that school then modeled for hundreds of other deaf schools
congratulations this is your class room now
his first deaf teacher was jean massieu who was 25 years old and was deaf just like clerc, jean later became his lifelong friend and his mentor but at that time the abbe sicard is in prison and most likely gonna be put to death for symphathzing with the king. jean lead the deaf students and clerc to the court to petition and secard was released
this is are method of teaching the deaf kids with sign language
clerc excelled well in his classes however. abbe margaron or an assistant teacher tried to teach him the say words but he couldn't pronounce certain syllables and it made his teacher so mad he gave him a violent blow under his chin which caused him to bit his toung so badly he never spoke again later that caused him to believe that singing is a method of communication that deaf kids can learn
ouch my toung!
he got taught how to draw and compose in the printing office then in just 1805 eight years later he became a tutor on trial then the next year he became a teacher and his salary was 200 dollars
napoleon went back to paris on march 1815. sicard decided to leave then he went to England along with massieu and clerc and then they lectured and demonstrated there methods of teaching in London then they went to the yankee congregatinalist minster to show there lectures on july 10 from Thomas Hopkins galladudet at hartfords connecticut