The History of ASL


In 1817, Thomas Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the Hartford Asylum for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb.[1] It was at this school, the first of it's kind, that American Sign Language was created.[2]


Did you have an ancestor that attended such a school? Maybe, Gallaudet University, which was founded in 1864? [3] Or perhaps Alexander Graham Bell's oralist school? [4] Could you be a descendant of one of these men name above?


Write Awes of Inheritance: Family History Services if you have a connection or are interested in finding out more about your family history. Thank you for reading.





[1] Harvard Linguistics Department, "Deaf History Timeline," American Sign Language at Harvard (https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/asl/deaf-history-timeline : accessed 23 August 2021), para. year 1817.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.


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