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Sign Language facts

February 9, 2007

Sign Language facts Sign language was brought to America from France around 1815, according to “The Joy of Signing,” a guidebook by Lottie Riekehof. The first permanent school for the deaf in America was set up in Hartford, Conn., in 1817. Now, all states have schools for the deaf, operated on both the state and private levels. In 1864, Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University) for the deaf was established in Washington, D.C. It is recognized today as a world leader in undergraduate liberal arts education, career development, and graduate programs for deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students. Gallaudet University is also known for its research on the history, language and culture of deaf people.

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