Alice Cogswell, who would later spark the beginning of the creation of Deaf Education, is born.
Alice Cogswell's sickness
Alice loses her hearing and later her speech due to "spotted fever."
Alice meets Gallaudet
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet becomes neighbors with Alice. He is determined to teach her how to communicate. With some success, he helped Alice learn some language, but he didn't know the best strategies to educate a Deaf child.
Gallaudet travels to Europe
Gallaudet travels to Europe in hopes to learn more about their methods of Deaf education.
Return to America
While in Europe, Gallaudet meets Laurent Clerc who agrees to return to America with him in hopes of opening the first American school for the Deaf.
American School for the Deaf
Gallaudet and Clerc return to America and open the first Deaf school in America in Hartford, Connecticut, originally called American Asylum for Deaf-Mutes. Alice was the first person to enroll in this historical school.
The New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb is founded.
The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf is founded.
The first school supported by the state, Kentucky School for the Deaf is opened.
Alice Cogswell's death
Alice dies at the age of 25.
The first Catholic school for the Deaf is opened in St. Louis, Missouri, St. Joseph's.
In St. Louis, Missouri, St. Joseph's the first Catholic school for the deaf, opens.
The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind opens. It is the first school to integrate deaf and blind students.
Higher Education for Deaf
The idea of a higher education for the Deaf is propsed by American Annals of the Deaf.
The 18th Century was known as the Enlightenment Era. Philosophers including, Locke, Rousseau, and Condillac, debated the nature of language, the origin of language and thought, and signs.