Deaf History Month
National Deaf History month is recognized and celebrated every year from March 13th to April 15th to recognize the accomplishments of people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Deaf history Month is celebrated because of three main events in the history of Deaf Education.
On April 15, 1817, America’s first school for the Deaf was opened in Hartford, Connecticut.
On April 8, 1864, Gallaudet University (the first institution of higher education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) was officially founded.
On March 13, 1988, Gallaudet University hired its first Deaf president.
Only in New Hampshire
The Brown Family of Henniker, NH
The first American Deaf leader, Thomas Brown, whose town of Henniker, N.H. became an important Deaf enclave in the founding of the Deaf World in America. Nahum Brown sent his son, Thomas, to the American School for the Deaf. Thomas returned to New Hampshire and became the driving force behind the establishment of the New England Gallaudet Association of the Deaf and the eventual formation of the National Association for the Deaf (NAD).
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