Can't wait for Braidwood, they will give us so much needed information.
Clerc To The Rescue
Gallaudet, I can come with you to America so I can help with your school!
That would be great, Thank you so much Clerc!
Dr. Cogswell had a daughter named Alice who was deaf. Where they lived in America, there was no school for the deaf. Their neighbor, Thomas Gallaudet, noticed this languageless girl who was unable to comminucate with others and wanted to help by starting a school to teach the deaf.
The School Opens!
American Asylum for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons
Gallaudet traveled over seas to go to Braidwood Academy. There he asked for help in creating a deaf school in America. They declined as they had no intention to give away their knowledge for free.
Deaf Edcuation Spreads
I can't believe it, there's so many more deaf schools now!
After Gallaudet's rejection from the Academy, he was invited to a French Institute by Sicard. There he wanted to master everything he needed to know about deaf culture, but his time was cut short due to his dwindling funds. Before he left, a fellow French teacher named Laurent Clerc offered to go to America with him to help start the deaf school.
The Influence That Gallaudet And Clerc Had
On April 15, 1817 The American Asylum for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons opened in Hartford, Connecticut. Alice Cogswell was the first student to enroll at the school and Clerc and Galluadet were teachers there.
WE ARE NOW OPEN!
As time passed, it soon became evident that one deaf school to teach the growing population was not enough. So more schools started to pop up in different states across the country.
The influence Gallaudet and Clerc made in the deaf community was incredible. They are honored as the best pupils to become teachers which follows American traditions. Then within a short period of time, ASL-based education led to the formation of various events and activities for the deaf. They truly made a huge impact that will last a lifetime.
And that kids is how Gallaudet and Clerc influenced the deaf community.