It all started when Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet noticed deaf, 9-year-old Alice.
I wish I could communicate
Gallaudet was sent to Europe to learn more about educating the deaf so he could start a school in America.
Off to Braidwood!
But... once he got there, Braidwood would only share their teaching secrets if Gallaudet stayed and paid for each child that used their methods. He refused these terms.
Back to the States to set up the new school!
After being leaving Braidwood, Gallaudet was invited by Sicard to the French National Institute. There he met Laurent Clerc, who would gladly go back to the U.S. Although reluctant at first, Sicard agreed to let him go set up a school. While on the boat, Clerc taught Gallaudet some LSF.
When they got back to America, they started raising money and The American Asylum for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons was opened in Hartford. Clerk and Gallaudet both taught classes there.
Yay! Now we can communicate!
Now there's deaf schools all over the country!
After getting married and having kids, Gallaudet's son Edward Gallaudet founded and was the first president of, Gallaudet University.