Thomas, you need to start a school for the deaf. You have been doing so well with Alice. Other deaf children will benefit from this.
Sir, may I come inside so that I can learn your techniques for teaching the deaf.
Gallaudet gets turned away
NO, I will not share our secrets with you.
Sir, may I come and learn your techniques so that I can open my own school in America.
Gallaudet gets accepted to learn in the French school for the Deaf
Of course, it would be my honor to help you with the school.
It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’m here to learn techniques to start a school in America.
Gallaudet was a friend to Alice and tried to teach her a few words. Her father, Mr. Cogswell encouraged Thomas to open up his own school for the deaf.
Gallaudet meets Clerc
Hello, I’m Clerc. May I ask why you are here?
In England, Gallaudet met with the braidwood family. They turned him down and refused to share their secret with him.
Gallaudet and Clerc travel back to America
I love the sea, Clerc.
Yes, all the water and no way to escape is cool, I guess.
While in London, he saw a demonstration from the French school for the deaf. He was so impressed that he went to France to learn what they do.
Clerc and Gallaudet start the American School for the Deaf
Welcome. Alice, you are the first student at the American school for the Deaf.
He also met Clerc, an instructor and one of the best students in the French school. They decided that Clerc and Gallaudet would travel back together to start the American school for the deaf.
America, well I would like to come with you and help with the school.
They traveled back to America on the Mary-Augusta. Legend says that Clerc learned written English in the month it took them to sail back to America.
Together they opened the American School for the deaf and dumb in 1817 Hartford, Connecticut. Alice was the first student at this school and when other students started coming they brought their signs with them to create the ASL we know today.