The story of ASL

The story of ASL

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  • Old French Sign Language
  • Alice
  • Braidwood Academy
  • People were using a form of sign language many years before 1817. An odd increase in genetic deafness in the Martha's Vineyard communities allowed for widely accepted "Vineyard dialect" used among hearing and deaf.
  • Meeting Laurent Clerc
  • Alice Cogswell, born deaf in 1805 and unable to communicate, sparked Thomas Gallaudet's pity and interest to build a school for the deaf.
  • Clerc tags along
  • Gallaudet failed to receive aid from Braidwood Academy, as their teaching methods were secret. Gallaudet was completely unsatisfied with the school's terms and searched elsewhere for help.
  • Rise of "Old Hartford"
  • Gallaudet first met Laurent Clerc at a public demonstration of deaf wit. This granted him access to the French National Institute where he soon realized his funds were dwindling, and he set out for home.
  • Sick of being taken advantage of, Clerc joins Gallaudet on his trip back to America, teaching him Sign the whole way. He was allowed to stay for 3 years.
  • Together, they raised the funds they needed to start The American Asylum for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons. The first student enrolled was Alice. Eventually, William Stoke led to ASL being recognized as an official language.
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