Susan Dunne of the Hartford Courant, wrote an article about Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf.
There was a time, more than 200 years ago, when it was generally believed that people who could neither hear nor speak had no futures. “People thought someone who was deaf did not have the capacity to learn,” said Ilene Frank. “It was a sort of giving up on them as a person.”
Then, in 1817, the American School for the Deaf opened in Hartford. Over two centuries, that school — the country’s first for deaf people and the birthplace of American Sign Language — has been in the forefront of changing minds about the possibilities and promise held by people with deafness.