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200 Years of Deaf Education in America

Our 200 years of deaf education in the United States owe their existence to two men who traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to bring education to the deaf children of Hartford, Connecticut. As a result of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet’s and Laurent Clerc’s heroic efforts and their tireless work towards establishing the American School for the Deaf, the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States, they created an educational movement that is still going strong today.