clerc arrived in america after rejecting the job offer from rusha. he almost immediately met Alice Cogswell another ASL speaking person who would later become the first person to enroll in his school
clerc goes to america
hi me name clerc. your name what?
hi my name Alice. nice meet you.
on April 15, 1817 the first ever fully ASL school opened thanks to clerc renting out a few rooms and turning them into Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons. it later got grants from congress and was able to expand.
the first asl school in america
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clerc teaches sign language
clerc went on to teach ASL mixed with a bit of french in it for a long time until he retired in his 70s yet he continued to be a huge supporter of the deaf community.