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Transcript of Deaf History
Patricia Diangkinay On August 31, 1805, a girl named Alice Cogswell, who changed the deaf world, was born. When she was two, she acquired a disease called "spotted fever", which took her hearing and impaired her speech. Her parents, Dr. Mason and Mary Cogswell were very happy. What are they doing? Why can't i communicate with them? Bla! Bla! Bla! Alice began to wonder what made her different from other people. Even though she wanted to communicate with other people, she couldn't. But one day... This made her dad very worried. He knew that Alice was very intelligent and he wanted her to have a bright future. Alice's neighbor, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, noticed that she was not playing with the other kids. When he learned about Alice's deafness, he immediately wanted to teach her how to communicate. Hi, Alice! I am Thomas. Would you like to communicate with other people? Uhm...... Clerc agreed, they flew back to Hartford to see Alice. Gallaudet flew to England and asked Laurent Clerc for help. Hey there, Alice! It is so nice to finally meet you! My name is Laurent Clerc! I will be teaching you how to communicate with other people. Along with six other students, Alice learned to sign and communicate. For the first time in their lives, they had thoughts. They opened the School for the Deaf on August 15, 1817. Alice learned quickly and she made lots of friends. Dr.Cogswell became sick, and died on December 17, 1830. Alice was devastated by her father's death. She became really sick and died 13 days later, on December 30, 1830. Even though she died, her influence and impact on the deaf world still remains.