In the 1880s the law classed individuals both deaf and blind as idiots. A physician who examined her, however, believed that Keller’s intelligence could be developed, and her parents had hope for her. They had read Charles Dickens’ report of the aid given to another blind and deaf girl, Laura Bridgman. When Helen was 6 years old, her parents took her to see Alexander Graham Bell, famed teacher of the deaf and inventor of the telephone. As a result of his advice, Anne Mansfield Sullivan began to teach Helen on March 3, 1887.
It is a technique were ever sound that comes out of a persons mouth can be represented with a visual character. In 1871, Bell began giving instruction in Visible Speech at the Boston School for Deaf Mutes. Attempting to teach deaf children to speak was considered revolutionary. Bell's work with his deaf students in Boston would prove to be a watershed event in his life. One of his pupils, Mabel Hubbard, was the daughter of a man--Gardiner Greene Hubbard-- who would go on to play a vital role in Bell's life and work.
The Gallaudet School of the Deaf is a University in Washington D.C. The school was first intended for the deaf and the blind. Mason Cogswell had a daughter, Alice, who was deaf. He, like any father, was worried about her education since she could not learn like normal children. Cogswell found out that in England Thomas Braidwood had started a deaf school, so he sent the most trusted person he knew to investigate the school.
When l 'Epee started the school, he transformed communicating phrase into communicating the exact words, this type of language became known as the Old Signed French. Later a minister named Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was known for the largest development in sign language. Gallaudet neighbor daughter was deaf and he wanted to find ways to communicate with her. So in 1861, Gallaudet traveled to Europe, where many deaf school had been founded by graduates of l’Epee school. While in Europe Gallaudet he met a recent deaf graduate named Laurent Clerc.
It was not until Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet traveled to Europe that sign language started to make its appearance in the United States of America. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet was a very bright and well educated young man who was from Hartford, Connecticut. He acquired undergraduate and graduate level college degrees and entered the seminary to follow his religious calling. While he was living in Connecticut, a neighbor had a deaf daughter and asked that Gallaudet would go to Europe to learn about how one would go about teaching a deaf child. Gallaudet met the head of the Institut Royal des Sourds-Muets, Abbe Sica... ... middle of paper ... ...urnal of Audiology, 20(2), S197-S202.
I will also include valuable resources and agencies for the families of children with hearing impairments, and the services the agencies provide. This paper will include identification of three primary researchers in the field of hearing loss and will describe their specific contributions. In summation, I will include my personal reflection after conducting research on the topic of hearing impairment. During the time of 355 BC the philosopher Aristotle was quoted to say, “those who are born deaf all become senseless and incapable of reason,” (EAD: Timeline, 2014). Aristotle’s quote provides us with insight as to how the most respected teachers in society viewed individuals with hearing impairments.
The doctor had informed Louise that if she was pregnant German measles could cause congenital defects to the unborn child. Shortly after Louise discovered she was pregnant. Throughout the pregnancy Louise was worried and anxious about the baby and whether the child wil... ... middle of paper ... ...at sign language was a last resort if the child did not pick up lip reading and oral communication. Thomas now met someone who signed and spoke and realized that signing is a language in its own and its importance to people who could not hear the oral language. This began their quest to learn sign language and use it with Lynn despite the school and public opinion.
The school was called ‘Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons’. When the school first opened it only had seven students in total, those students were “ Alice Cogswell, George Loring, Wilson Whiton, Abigail Dillingham, Otis Waters, John Brewster, and Nancy Orr.”. These students did not just live in Connecticut, they lived in other places too. These students and their families were very excited about this school. It was a wonderful opportunity for all in the deaf culture, it provided a new way to communicate, children could finally speak to their parents.
A belief that for the next two thousand years led to him being accused of oppressing the deaf. Fast forward to the year 1813 in Hartford, Connecticut; a young man by the name of Thomas Gallaudet notices a young deaf girl, Alice Cogswell, having difficulty communicating with her siblings during outdoor play. Sympathetic to her disability, he takes the initiative to try to communicate with her by writing a word in the dirt with a stick, then pointing to the object that correlated to the written word. After patient encouragement the words were soon understood by the young girl, and “In that one afternoon, Gallaudet was convinced that she had the capability to learn just like the hearing kids” (33). Gallaudet, at the request of Alice’s father Dr. Cogswell, left for England with the intentions of learning the “oral-only” method of teaching used at the Braidwood Academy of the deaf, a method that used speech training to generate sounds, but “the Braidwood family... ... middle of paper ... ...ughton Mifflin Company, 2006.
I would have to cope to learn how to lip read and understand. Helen Keller once said " I have always thought it would be a blessing if each person could be blind and deaf for a few days during his early life. Darkness would make him appreciate sight; Silence would teach him the joys of sounds." Helen Keller's like us as human beings vied over her weakness of being blind and deaf. She faced many obstacles in life which pricked her like thorns, but she manage to wrangle and vie for victory for learning skills and deafness.