storyboard about how the first American school for the deaf was founded and how that further affected the growth of ASL as a real language
Meeting Alice Cogswell
Poor Alice Cogswell looks so sad! That sweet little girl gets no education just because she is deaf! How outrageous! Surely there is something I can do to fix that...
Hatching A Plan
I've noticed that Alice is struggling to communicate with the other children, and I believe that I can help with that!
Perhaps we can bring this to the community and raise the necessary funds for you to travel to Europe to get the help we need to start our own school for the deaf right here in America!
Meeting Laurent Clerc
You must be Laurent Clerc! So glad to finally meet you! Your reputation proceeds you, and I can't wait to learn from you!
So nice to meet you! How was your trip? Let's begin at once!
In Hartford, Connecticut, in the early 19th century, Thomas Gallaudet and the Cogswells were neighbors. One day, Thomas Galludet, a successful businessman, saw deaf little Alice Cogswell unable to play with the other children due to her lack of a language and proper education. He was saddened by this and soon decided to see Mr. Cogswell about doing something to change that.
Traveling Back To America
This is the sign for hello.
Mason Fitch Cogswell and Thomas Gallaudet raised enough money for Thomas Gallaudet to travel to Europe and learn all that there was to learn about teaching methods for the deaf. This way, they would eventually be able to start their own school for the deaf in America.
The Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons
Thomas Gallaudet travelled to Europe in 1816 and after being rebuffed by Braidwood Academy, moved on to Paris and was introduced to Laurent Clerc by a member of the Parliament. Laurent Clerc immediately began teaching Thomas Gallaudet the ins and outs of French Sign Language.
Hello! My name is Emma! Nice to meet you! I am deaf, how about you?
In 1816, Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc (on a three year loan from his boss Abbe Sicaird) departed for America! And on their way there, Laurent Clerc continued to teach Thomas Gallaudet French Sign Language.
In 1817, The Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons was co-founded by Laurent Clerc, Mason Fitch Cogswell, and Thomas Gallaudet. With Alice Cogswell being the first to enroll. The school has since then been renamed The American School for the Deaf.
Today, two-thirds of ASL is comprised of signs based off of those of the French thanks to Laurent Clerc's influence on the deaf here in America. As well as many signs that were developed by students of this grand school. And, one of Thomas Gallaudet's sons founded a university for the deaf, named Gallaudet University, that is still in use today.
Hello! My name is May! Nice to meet you! Yes, I am deaf too!