It started in Hartford , Connecticut in the early 19th century with Dr. Mason Fitch Cogswell, a respected physician, who's daughter had recently become deaf from spotted fever.
Dr. Cogswell's daughter goes deaf.
My wonderful daughter!
He needed to find a way to educate his child.
This led to the question of how would she be able to have an education. She was obviously bright but they needed someone to teach her in a way she would understand.
Thomas Galluadet agrees to tutor her.
Next door were the Galluadets. Thomas Galluadet, a graduate of Yale was home recuperating from his ill-health. When he first saw the child his heart went out for her. He saw potential in her and agreed to tutor her.
I'll tutor you!
Galluadet goes to Europe to learn how to teach deaf children for the school he is trying to establish.
Galluadet meets Clerc.
3 years at max.
The school is open!
Once they both returned to the states and fundraising for the school had started the first School For The Deaf in America was open! Alice Cogswell was the first to enroll.
Cogswell felt that all deaf children should have the right to an education and with 84 deaf children in conneticut it was enough for them to start planning for the first school of the deaf in America. Except they didn't know how to teach deaf children so Thomas Galluadet traved to europe to learn the art of teaching sign language.
There he met Laurent Clerc who was the top teacher at the French National Institute and Clerc agreed to help him open the school and teach the children there for 3 years.