When he was just a baby, Clerc fell off his highchair into the fireplace. He could have lost his hearing then, or he could have been born deaf. For the next 12 years, he stays at home because there is no deaf education.
CLERC LOSES HIS HEARING
CLERC GOES TO SCHOOL
Woah, I can COMMUNICATE!
Now Clerc, I'd like you to meet Gallaudet.
GALLAUDET MEETS CLERC
When Clerc was very young, he fell off his highchair into the fireplace. This may be the reason he lost his hearing. He may have been born deaf.
BACK TO AMERICA
This means dog
Up until age twelve, Clerc stayed at home and did not go to school because he was deaf. He was then enrolled in the first public school for the deaf and taught by Jean Massieu.
like my daughter!
We need your help to help the deaf!
Sicard brings Massieu and Clerc with him to Paris, where they taught others about sign language. Gallaudet was at one of their presentations.
FOUNDING THE SCHOOL
We did it, we did it, we did it hooray!!
Gallaudet returns to America with Clerc to help him start the first school for the deaf there. On the way there, Clerc and Gallaudet taught each other sign and english.
After Gallaudet and Clerc arrive in the U.S., they travelled with Dr. Cogswell around America to raise money and support for the school through speeches, presentations,etc.
In 1817, Gallaudet and Clerc found the American School for the Deaf. Alice Cogswell, Gallaudet's deaf neighbor, is the first student!