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Alexander Graham Bell and the Deaf community: A troubled history

True or False? Manualism (sign language) and oralism (teaching individuals to speak and speech-read), have always been taught with equal regard in schools for the Deaf. Click on the headline above to see the answer and to learn more about manualism and oralism, and Alexander Graham Bell's influence on the debate.
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A brief history of the early days of Deaf education in the United States, 1800-1880

Question: Which of the following was central to the growth of U.S. Deaf culture in the 1800's? A. The proliferation of schools for the Deaf, and the spread of American Sign Language. B. Deaf people were encouraged to play football. C. The establishment of Deaf Alumni Associations. D. Charitable efforts of religious organizations. Click on the headline above to see the answer, and to learn more about the early days of Deaf education in the U.S.