1st School For the Deaf in America

1st School For the Deaf in America

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  • Mason Cogswell was a physician whose daughter, Alice, became deaf at age 2.
  • Thomas Gallaudet was the Cogswells' neighbor and friend. he wanted to help Alice get an education despite being deaf.
  • Searching for answers, Gallaudet traveled to Europe, but found nothing but the Braidwood Academy. Gallaudet wanted his school to be more open for students to learn.
  • In France, Gallaudet met Laurent Clerc, a deaf student. He persuaded him to come back to America with him.
  • When they got back to the US, Gallaudet and Clerc founded the first American school for the Deaf in Connecticut on April 15th, 1817.
  • The oldest school for the Deaf in America, Gallaudet and Clerc's school has and continues to teach many students, thanks to Thomas Gallaudet's determination to help people like Alice Cogswell.
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