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Deaf History That: House Call

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Oh! Please pardon me. Deaf people live here, and I want to visit them, but they don't hear the knocking on the door. So it is custom for deaf people to try get their attention by encircling the house and waving through the windows until someone finally notices and invites the visitors in for a visit. An example of that occurred during the days of Laurent Clerc and Thomas Gallaudet. One evening, Alice Cogswell, their first student's father, Mason Fitch Cogswell, passed away. Alice was naturally heartbroken. While Clerc was in bed with his wife, Gallaudet walked in their house and roused Clerc from his sleep. They both immediately went to see Alice. Upon their entrance at the Cogswell residence, they found Alice crying with a broken heart. Her strength was no more. Clerc remained by her side until early morning, when Alice departed from this life. This is one of many stories that illustrate deaf people's adaptability due to their hearing ability by entering the house and calling the residents in case of emergencies. That has created a custom among deaf people to try and get the attention of deaf residents by circling the house and waving through the windows before they're able to visit, just like I am trying to do. Oh! Hello! Yes? To the door? All right! Excuse me. Hello there, yes, I have been trying to... Accessibility provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

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People belonging to the deaf community have to make many adaptations due to their hearing ability, and one of those is entering a home. If the homeowner is deaf, they cannot hear someone knocking on the door. Historically, the circling of the home and waving was used to get the homeowner’s attention. Part of the “Deaf History That” series.

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