My daughter Alice is deaf, and I can't seem to find quality education here in the United States
Well by golly, I'll help! I'm your neighbor, Thomas Gallaudet. And you are?
I'm Mason Cogswell and this is my daughter, Alice Cogswell.
The Meeting In London
What would be a witty response to this question?
I love the presentation! I'm Thomas Gallaudet!
Will you teach me how to teach deaf children?
I'm Laurent Clerc, and thanks!
By golly! Not only will I do that, I'll go back to the states with you to teach!
Journey Over Seas
*Signs some crazy cool French Sign Language*
I can help your English!
Mason Cogswell finds himself in a problem as there are no schools for the deaf for his daughter in the United States. Thomas Gallaudet, sympathetic to his issue and for his friend, agrees to go to Europe to learn more about deaf education.
Some Important Fundraising
Laurent Clerc, Jean Massieu, and Sicard show off their intelligence and what they have learned as deaf people using sign language to the public in a demonstration. Later, Gallaudet meets Clerc and he agrees to teach him about how to teach deaf children.
First Deaf School In The USA
Even though Gallaudet had received lessons from Clerc, they both agreed he could come to America to start the school. Then Gallaudet and Clerc traveled back to Hartford, Connecticut, teaching each other their languages over the 52 day, across sea, journey.
Once arriving in Hartford on August 22, 1816, Gallaudet, Clerc, and Cogswell began fundraising and meeting with public officials for sponsors. They received $5,000 from the Connecticut General Assembly, which was the first appropriation ever for the education of handicapped people.
The school was opened April 15, 1817. It had 7 students, one of those being Alice Cogswell. It was first called, "Connecticut Asylum At Hartford for The Deaf And Dumb Persons'. However it's been renamed to 'The American School For The Deaf'.
Clerc's and Gallaudet's influenced remain standing to this day. The Gallaudet University being started by the eldest son of Thomas Gallaudet, and Clerc's methods of teaching the deaf being recognized globally.