mid 20th century
Most of the island used sign language. Deaf people held prominant positions in their community.
| Hartford Connecticut|
The first deaf school in America was established by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc.
|Referred to as the golden ages. Teachers and students used sign langauge in schools.|| Alexander Grahm Bell|
speechbegan teaching to the deaf. He was a strong supporter of oralism.
|World Conference in Milan, Italy. Deaf educators decided the best method for teaching deaf children was not the use of sign language. Sign language was banned from the classroom.|