This Day in History

It was on this day (April 15) in 1817 that the American School for the Deaf, the oldest permanent public school for the deaf, opened its doors.

Founded by Laurent Clerc and Thomas Gallaudet, the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut is more than 200 years old. Read more about the school here.

Meanwhile, the New York School for the Deaf also was established that day on April 15, 1817. They open its doors in 1818.