Deaf History That — “House Call”

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What would a deaf person do when visiting a friend back in the day? #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories

VIDEO DESCRIPTION AND TRANSCRIPT: Linsay Darnall, Jr. stands outside, in front of a house. A small transparent NAD logo appears on bottom right.

LINSAY: 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 invite 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 heart-broken. 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 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 of 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 an 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…

Video cuts to same grey background with white text “This video series is made possible by the Emanuel “Manny” Golden Visual History Fund.” In smaller text on the bottom, “National Association of the Deaf © 2016 All Rights Reserved”

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