Laurent Clerc

Laurent Clerc

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  • Louis Laurent Marie Clerc was born on December 26, 1785 in southeastern France. But when he was about 1 year old he fell from his high chair and burned himself which caused him to be deaf
  • When he was twelve his uncle named Laurent Clerc, enrolled him in the Institut National des Jeune Sourds-Muets. A school for the deaf.
  • Clerc and Gallaudet met and Galladuet was shocked how amazing clerc was and how he wants them to go to america togther
  • Clerc and Gallaudet left for America on board the ship Mary Augusta on June 18, 1816. It lasted fifty-two days. Clerc used that time to teach Gallaudet "the method of the signs for abstract ideas.
  • On April 15, 1817, rented rooms made up their school which opened with seven students It was originally called the Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons Gallaudet was the principal, and Clerc was the head teacher.
  • Clerc primarily taught grade-school students, he also trained future teachers and administrators - hearing or deaf. Many of their students went on to become productive deaf citizens and educated deaf leaders, spreading Clerc's teachings and making him the greatest influence in the establishment of new deaf schools in the States at that time. 
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