1814- Thomas Gaullaudet, a minister, sees that Alice isn't playing with the other children because she's deaf. He teaches her how to write the word "hat."
Gaullaudet in Paris
1815/16- Gaullaudet visits the Braidwood Academy (a school for the deaf) in London, but they refuse to help him learn how to teach deaf children, wanting to protect their "secrets."
Gaullaudet goes back home
1816- Gaullaudet sees a demonstration done by Abbe de Sicard in London, where he sees 2 deaf men, one of which is Laurent Clerc, who understand what Sicard is signing.
1st American ASL school formed
1816- Upon Sicard's request, Gaullaudet visits the French National Institute (school for the deaf) in Paris, with the hopes of learning how to sign, and is warmly welcomed.
1816- After spending some time in Paris, Gaullaudet has to return home due to low funds. Clerc decides to accompany him, with the hopes of teaching sign language in America.
April 15, 1817- After raising some funds, Clerc and Gaullaudet created the "American Asylum for Instruction of Deaf and Dumb persons," America's first school for the deaf. Alice Cogswell was their first student to enroll.