They were simply told I needed hearing aids, and that I would need to sit close to my teachers in my private school. I had only hearing friends. I went to sleepovers, swimming parties and get-togethers where everyone spoke and it was noisy. I struggled to understand what people said, especially when I had to take my hearing aids off for a pool party or when it was time for bed at a sleepover. I had lots of good friends and I enjoyed hanging around them, but it was still work to catch everything they said. I used to pray that if I behaved well enough and was good enough, I would be fixed.
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One of the earliest written records of a sign language is from the fifth century BC, in Plato 's Cratylus , where Socrates says: Chirogram from Chirologia, In Britain, manual alphabets were also in use for a number of purposes, such as secret communication,  public speaking, or communication by deaf people. Arthrological systems had been in use by hearing people for some time;  some have speculated that they can be traced to early Ogham manual alphabets. The earliest known printed pictures of consonants of the modern two-handed alphabet appeared in with Digiti Lingua Latin for Language [or Tongue] of the Finger , a pamphlet by an anonymous author who was himself unable to speak. Nine of its letters can be traced to earlier alphabets, and 17 letters of the modern two-handed alphabet can be found among the two sets of 26 handshapes depicted.
Origins[ edit ] Hereditary deafness had appeared on Martha's Vineyard by The ancestry of most of the deaf population of Martha's Vineyard can be traced to a forested area in the south of England known as the Weald —specifically the part of the Weald in the county of Kent. Families from a Puritan community in the Kentish Weald emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony in British America in the early 17th century, and many of their descendants later settled on Martha's Vineyard. The first deaf person known to have settled there was Jonathan Lambert, a carpenter and farmer, who moved there with his wife—who was not deaf—in