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History of Sign Language

Now I would like to show you the history of the American Sign Language.

Somewhere in the sixteenth Century- Geronimo Cardano, a physician of Padua, in northern Italy, proclaimed that deaf people could be taught to understand written combinations of symbols by associating them with the thing they represented.

1620- Juan Pablo de Bonet published the first book on teaching sign language to deaf people that contained the manual alphabet.

1755- Abbe Charles Michel de L’Epee of Paris founded the first free school for deaf people. He taught that deaf people could develop communication with themselves and the hearing world through a system of conventional gestures, hand signs, and fingerspelling. He created and demonstrated a language of signs whereby each would be a symbol that suggested the concept desired.

1778- Samuel Heinicke established the first public school for deaf people that achieved government recognition. He taught the method of speech and speechreading.

1817- Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet founded the nation’s first school for deaf people, in Hartford, Connecticut, and Laurent Clerc became the United States’ first deaf sign language teacher.

1863- By now 22 schools for deaf people were established throughout the United States.

1864- Gallaudet College, in Washington, D.C., was founded. It now remains to be the only liberal arts college for deaf’ people in the United States and the world.

Now it is the 4th used language in the United States.

Information was received from “The Perigee Visual Dictionary of Signing” by Rod R. Butterworth and Mickey Flodin: link


Hello, My name is Kenechukwu Atuchukwu, but most people call me Kaycee. I am a junior at University of Texas at Dallas. I am majoring in Mathematics, earning a Bachelor’s degree. I am also in the Uteach program  in order to receive a Teaching certificate. The program is preparing me to go into the educational field as a teacher in the subject I am majoring.

One reason I am making this blog is because it seemed appropriate as I will need to communicate to a as a soon to be teacher, I feel that communication is an important part of being a teacher. There are many obstacles for a teacher to communicate with a class. One of them is a student being deaf, or having hearing problems. It would take about 6 years or longer to learn sign language. To learn some vocabulary words would take about 6 months. (Easy Sign Language Lessons) A teacher, or anyone else, would benefit with at least learning some words and phrases in order to help more in breaking boundaries of communication.

Another reason I am doing this blog is simply I am curious on the subject. I have see sign language being used on different occasions. I would like to experience learning some bit of the language and also experience another different culture.

This blog will not be a substitute for a full course lesson on sign language. This will have instructions on how to “say” words and phrases in sign language and also learn more about sign language. I hope to learn about the unique language with all of you.

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