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  • Alice Cogswell playng alone
  • Going to Europe
  • Braidwood refused to help (in Europe)
  • Thomas Gaullaudet noticed a young girl playing alone. Thomas then learned she was deaf and her name was Alice Cogswell.     Thomas pointed to his hat and wrote in the dirt the word "hat" and he realized that she understood.
  • Clerc and Thomas met in France
  • Thomas was inspired to learn how to teach the deaf. America had no school for the deaf, so he sailed to Europe to find out their methods.
  • Sailing to America
  • When Thomas asked the Braidwoods they refused to teach Thomas their oral methods for the deaf, unless he payed a fee, so Thomas went to france.
  • Established first deaf school in America
  • asylum for the deaf and dumb
  • while in France Thomas met Laurent and was impressed with is signing. Thomas then convinced Laurent to sail to america.
  • On the way back to america Clerc taught Thomas sign language and Thomas taught Clerc english.
  • Together they raised enough fundsto establlish the first deaf school in 1817.
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