By: Olivia Krippendorf
October 9th, 2019
When Gallaudet saw his deaf neighbor Alice Cogswell he knew he needed to help her since she didn't know any sign language and her parents didn't want to send her away.
When Dr.Cogswell and Gallaudet started talking they came up with sending Gallaudet to Europe to go get as much information about ASL as he could to help Alice and to help build the first deaf school.
Braidswood Academy was not open open to tell Gallaudet all of their ways so Galaudet went to Paris to learn from abbe sicard and also met Lauren Clerc.
Lauren Clerc was willing to help Galludet so he did Gallaudet learned once he learned enough they set off back to America to help Alice and the other deaf children and adults.
Once Gallaudet and Clerc got back from Europe they opened up The First School Of The deaf In America on April 15,1817 and the first student to enroll was Alice Cogswell.
when comparing "old" sign language to new sign language there is a big diffrence we have taken old signs and made them more abstract now we have better knowledge of ASL and the community has grown and been accepted.