The Founding of the American School for the Deaf

The Founding of the American School for the Deaf
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  • Yale University
  • Gallaudet and Alice first meet.
  • Dr. Mason Cgoswell and Gallaudet talk things through.
  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet attended Yale University, earning a bachelor's degree at the age of 17. He was a business man, though soon wanted to become a minister.
  • In Great Britain, visiting the Braidwood Family
  • Though his wish to become a minister was put aside as he met Alice Cogswell, a young deaf and mute child, due to a fever at a younger age.
  • Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets à Paris
  • Gallaudet meets up with Dr. Mason Cogswell, the father of Alice, and they both agree to let Gallaudet go to Europe, to the Braidwood family.
  • American School for the Deaf
  • Gallaudet was unimpressed with the high prices and pretentiousness of the Braidwood family, though he met Abbe Sicard, head of the Institution Nationale des Sourds-Muets a Paris, and his two colleagues Laruent Clerc and Jean Massieu.
  • Gallaudet was in fact very impressed with their institution, so he ended up learning their methods of teaching before heading off to America, where Clerc offered to go as well.
  • Gallaudet and Clerc sailed back to the United States and created the first school for the deaf, located in Hartford, Connecticut.
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