Story of First School for Deaf in America

Story of First School for Deaf in America

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  • Thomas Gallaudet and Mason Fitch Cogswell
  • Thanks, i just wished we had a school here for the deaf 
  • I can help Alice with her Sign Language today 
  • Braidwood Academy 
  • That is just absurd, you could be helping so many kids in the U.S
  • You are allowed to learn our methods but never to share them!!!
  • Gallaudet Meets Laurent Clerc
  • And here's one of my best students; Laurent Clerc
  • It's nice to meet you too
  • It's a honor to meet you sir
  •  Thomas Gallaudet was a well educated man that lived in Hartford Connecticut. Gallaudet had a neighbor who happened to have a deaf daughter , her name was Alice. He took interest in Alice and tried to help her with sign language but soon found out it was pretty  difficult to teach.So Mason Fitch Cogswell (the neighbor) and Thomas Gallaudet started raising money for a school for the deaf.   
  • School for Deaf in Paris
  • And as you can see here is the sign for what
  • Oh ok
  • The first thing on the list for them was to send some one to Europe to study the methods of sign language there. So Cogswell persuaded Gallaudet to go to Braidwood Academy. After spending some time there, he found out that the Braidwood family looked at there school as a market or business and weren't willing to give up there methods. 
  • Journey to America
  • I might as well teach you, since the ride is sooooo long 
  • Later on Gallaudet went to London to go hear the lectures of the Abbe Sicard(Director of School for deaf in Europe) who also had his star students Jean Massieu and Laurent Clerc with him. Gallaudet introduced himself to Sicard who introduced him to Laurent Clerc. The Abbe Sicard ended up inviting him to the school in Paris.
  • American School for Deaf Established
  • Welcome to the American School for the Deaf. Alice you will be our first student enrolled
  • Thomas Gallaudet ended up going and stayed for a couple months learning at the school.  He found out that if he wanted to be good enough to know and teach he  would have to stay way longer than planned. So he asked the Abbe Sicard if he could take Laurent Clerc to America with him to teach and establish a school.
  • At first Sicard was hesitant to let Clerc go but he finally said yes after thinking about the cause. The ship ride to America was a couple months so for that time Clerc  taught Gallaudet alot about French sign language.
  • Sounds Great!!!
  • The American School for the Deaf was established in 1817 by Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc with the help of the state of Connecticut. The school became the first recipient of state aid when the Connecticut General Assembly awarded a grant to them in 1819. Thomas Gallaudet became the principle while Laurent Clerc became head teacher.
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