The result of this examination of English common law, as the foundation of American law, is, that the Deaf and Dumb have ever possessed the same rights of inheritance as those who are not deaf and dumb: and, like the latter, are restricted in the full enjoyment of such rights only upon proof of the want of the requisite intelligence.
The only question was whether she could read and write with sufficient understanding to write her own will, with a full knowledge of its provisions and their effect.
In the early 1800s, an American theologian named Thomas Gallaudet saw a French Sign Language presentation involving a deaf teacher named Laurent Clerc.
He was so impressed with what he learned that he went to France to study their teaching methods.
They also were pioneers in using simultaneous sign language translation at all spoken public meetings.
The children from Martha's Vineyard taught their signs to the School's staff and had a significant impact on the development of American Sign Language (ASL).