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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