Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet finds out that Mason Cogswell wants to help his deaf daughter, Alice Cogswell, learn how to sign. So, he offers to help.
I will help you teach Alice how to sign, if you give me the money to go to England.
Great, thank you.
At Braidwood Academy
After sailing to England, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet finds Braidwood Academy, which is a famous, rich, deaf school, that doesn't want to share their methods. Gallaudet realizes that this won't work for him, so he will have to find another way to learn.
I am trying to learn sign, so that I can help a deaf girl learn. Will you help me?
We can only help you, if you stay here to learn for five years.
Finding a Flyer
After realizing that Braidwood Academy was not what he was looking for, Gallaudet finds a flyer advertising someone who might be willing to teach him. So, Gallaudet heads to Paris.
This is an easy way to learn sign language. I am wanting help to spread the word about sign. I already have two male, deaf students.
Cool, I want to learn.
Do you want to come to America with me, Clerc?
Will you teach me?
On the Way to America
I can teach you French sign Language.
I can teach you English, and how to read and write.
American School For the Deaf
I am the first deaf teacher in America.
We are the three founders of the first deaf school in America.
I am one of the first students at the school.
In Paris, Gallaudet finds a hearing teacher named Sicard. Sicard is willing to teach Gallaudet. After learning from Sicard, Gallaudet asks Clerc, one of Sicard's deaf male students, if he wants to come to America with him. Then, they are both on their way back to America.
On their way back to America, Gallaudet and Clerc taught each other the language that they were each fluent in.
In America, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Mason Cogswell, and Laurent Clerc started the first deaf school in America. This was in Hartford, Connecticut in 1817. They originally named the school, "America Asylum for the Deaf, Dumb and Mute" , but changed the name later on.