Development of ASL

Development of ASL

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  • Abbe De L'epee meets two deaf sisters.  Abbe De L'epee learns the signed language of Deaf in Paris. Abbe De L'epee changes the signed language of Deaf in Paris to match Spoken French.
  • Paris, France
  • In 1760 Abbe De L'epee (generally regarded to be the first teacher of the Deaf) opens the first School for the Deaf in Paris. After De Le'pee's death, Abbe Sicard becomes headmaster of the School for the Deaf in Paris
  • School for the Deaf
  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet meets Alice Cogswell. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet starts teaching Alice Cogswell. Dr. Cogswell pays for Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet to travel to Europe.
  • America
  • 1815 London
  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet goes to the Braidwoods (Oral (Lip reading/speech training) School for the Deaf ) in London, but is not allowed in. Sicard took two of his students, Jean Massieu (the first Deaf teacher of the Deaf) and Laurent Clerc, to London, where they met the young Rev. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.
  • Paris, France
  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet goes to Paris to learn their method of educating Deaf using the Parisian Method Manual Communication. After learning their education methods, Gallaudet traveled back to American with Laurent Clerc.
  • 1817 Hartford, Connecticut
  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet comes back to America with Laurent Clerc (first Deaf teacher of the Deaf in America). Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet opens the first School for the Deaf in America. The school was influenced by the French signing system, Martha's Vineyard, Native American, and Home signs. 
  • American School for the Deaf
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