In 1870, yet another School for the Deaf in Boston desired the integration of Visible Speech. Once again, Alexander was deployed to assist. In the fall of 1872, Bell returned to Boston and opened his own private school to teach articulation to deaf people. It was here he was to meet his future wife, a young deaf woman named Mabel Hubbard, the daughter of Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a prominent Boston attorney and President of Clarke School.
By this time, Bell had largely abandoned Visible Speech and embarked on his own methods of teaching speech and lip reading to deaf children. Bell believed that these oral skills were essential to deaf Americans’ social integration and to their personal and professional advancement.
Bell ultimately became the first President of the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf (AAPTSD).