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  • Gallaudet University was founded by an Act of Congress, and its charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.


  • February 24 - Grace Eyre Woodhead - British children's disability advocate. Aware of the plight of mentally disabled children, Woodhead formed an unofficial organization to take children out of institutional care and into family life. Later, this organization became the Brighton Guardianship Society.[1]
  • October 25 - Ira Clifton Copley - American Congressman. Copley was a member of the House of Representatives and a newspaper an utilities tycoon. Copley was struck by scarlet fever at the age of two leaving his vision severely impaired.[2]


  2. Alef, Daniel. "Ira Copley: Misfortune and Fortune." Titans of Fortune Online. 2004. Accessed on March 21, 2008.