Thomas Gallaudet saw a little girl named Alice Cogswell just sitting while the others kids were playing. He communicated with her by writing in the dirt. Thomas wanted to go to Europe because there were no deaf schools in the United States.
Clerc and Gallaudet
I will tutor you in English.
I will teach you the fine points of FSL.
Gallaudet was not successful in getting assistance from the Braidwood Academy. Braidwood family didn't want anyone sharing their ways of teaching. They had no intention of giving their methodology for free.
Arrives in the States
Abbe Sicard invited Gallaudet to visit the French national institute. He left in 1816, despairing of accomplishing anything in England, Gallaudet embarked for Paris.
Clerc volunteered to accompany Gallaudet to the States to help him set up the new school, this wasn't apart of the original plan. They spent 51 days on board the Mary Augusta, Clerc taught him the fine points of LSF while Gallaudet tough Clerc English.
When they arrived to the States they set upraising funds for the school. Gallaudet and Clerc became the cofounder and founder of the American Asylum For The Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons.
A while after, Laurent Clerc traveled to Washington, D.C. he requested financial assistance for his new school. He became the first deaf person to address the congress, and receive a thunderous ovation.