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Posted 03/09/2017 09:55AM



WNPR found a way for the deaf to listen to be a part of a radio program.

Colin McEnroe got ready namesake show on Tuesday that was listened to across Connecticut and beyond. Tuesday’s topic was UFOs.

Ordinarily the deaf and those hard of hearing couldn't enjoy this conversation. But, Facebook changed that

“We realized that Facebook live made it relatively easy to push video up to Facebook,” McEnroe said.

With the help of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, WNPR brought in sign language interpreters and streamed the radio show live on Facebook.

Through Facebook deaf followers of WNPR could write in their comments.

McEnroe realizes this is a huge step for a segment of the population often ignored.

McEnroe has only done three of these shows so far, but plans on doing more. He added the reaction has been positive. 

Posted 02/21/2017 02:14PM



Session I — April 27, 2017; 4:00 – 5:30 pm

We will visit and examine a collaborative exhibit of archives from the American School for the Deaf (ASD) and Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) displays. This six-month exhibit entitled, “Language, Culture,

Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf” will include speakers and a display of ASD’s artifacts and CHS resources from the early years of ASD, including its founding.

Location: Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT


Session II — May 4, 2017; 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Course Content: The Early Years, 1816-1917: Brad Mosley, Coordinator of ASD’s Archives, will discuss the genesis of ASD’s founding by Dr. Mason Fitch Cogswell in collaboration with Thomas H. Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc. We

will look at the roles of the Enlightenment, Civil War, the founding of other Schools for the Deaf, and the 1880 Conference of Milan.

Location: KF Room



Session III — May 11, 2017; 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Mr. Jeff Bravin, ASD Executive Director, and several other Deaf leaders will explain the role of Deaf Culture and American Sign Language in the Deaf Community as well as the education of the Deaf. Content will also include

the role of Gallaudet University, clubs and associations of the Deaf, media and technology.

Location: KF Room 


Session IV — May 18, 2017; 4:00 – 5:30 pm

We will take a tour of ASD’s school and the ASD Cogswell Heritage House (archives), followed by a reception.

Location: American School for the Deaf, 139 N. Main St., West Hartford, CT

Thursdays, Apr. 27, May 4, 11, 18; 4:00 – 5:30 pm



(Note different locations for each session), Cost: $85; Fellows $75



JEFFREY S. BRAVIN, MS, has been employed at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT since 2002. He is currently the Executive Director responsible for oversight of the school. He reports directly to the Board of Directors with responsibility for carrying out the vision, mission and goals of ASD. Prior to assuming this role, Mr. Bravin served as the Assistant Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of the school. He also currently serves on the Advisory Board for the State of Connecticut, Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services division; the Board

of the American Society of Deaf Children; and the Connecticut Council on Organizations Serving the Deaf.


EDWARD PELTIER is a graduate of the University of Hartford, class of 1968, where he majored in Business Administration. He also holds a Masters degree in deaf education from McDaniel College in Westminster, Md. He has spent his entire career in deaf education, and served as Executive Director of the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford from 2007 until 20014.


BRAD MOSLEY, BS, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas in 1976, MA, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C; taught at the Golden Triangle Deaf Co-operative Program, including sign language classes for three years and at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, CT for 35 years. He is the ASD Coordinator for the archives. Currently, Brad works with the Connecticut

Historical Society on its bicentennial exhibit to showcase ASD as the oldest school for the deaf in America.




Posted 02/14/2017 01:56PM

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 

FREE Admission 

American School for the Deaf, Ward Gymnasium
139 North Main St., West Hartford, CT

The musical ensemble Cuatro Puntos is dedicated to global cooperation and peace through the teaching, writing, and performance of music worldwide. Having recently returned from a European tour where they launched an album of music recorded in collaboration with a music school in Afghanistan, they are embarking on a new journey to build musical bridges between communities. This time, they are focusing on two communities in their home state of Connecticut: the hearing and Deaf. 

Connecticut is the birthplace of American Sign Language (ASL).  200 years ago, in 1817, Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet brought sign language from France and started the American School for the Deaf in Hartford, where ASL was developed and spread across the country. This year Cuatro Puntos is partnering with the American School for the Deaf to help celebrate their bicentennial, and to celebrate specifically how music is both enjoyed and made by the deaf community in our state, and how this has been true throughout history.  

Members of Cuatro Puntos, alongside guest musicians, ASL signers, and a group of deaf student performers from the American School for the Deaf will present a diverse program titled “Celebrating Deaf Musical Culture from Beethoven to the Present.” On the program will be two newly commissioned pieces. The first is from Cuatro Puntos’ composer-in-residence Sadie Harrison titled “Squish!”.  “Squish!” is based on an ASL deaf story about King Kong, which has a surprising twist at the end. The story will be told by ASL storyteller Danielle Holdridge, with musical accompaniment by string quartet.  The second is by local Connecticut composer David Macbride, titled “Silent Hands.” The piece is for string quartet, baritone voice, bass clarinet, percussion, and ASL storyteller. It explores the range of sound that can be heard and felt by those who are Deaf and hard of hearing.  In addition to these new works, percussionist David Feng will initiate a dialogue where hearing members of the audience will get to experience music in a way similar to how a deaf person would experience it.  

Deaf student performers from the American School for the Deaf will  join in the performance, and share with the audience about their experiences with music.

Please join violinists Aaron Packard and Annie Trépanier, violists Kevin Bishop and Steve Larson, cellist Allan Ballinger, baritone Ryan Burns, percussionist David Feng, clarinetist Curt Blood, ASL storyteller Danielle Holdridge, and students from the American School for the Deaf for this special event.  

All spoken parts of the program will be translated into ASL by a certified interpreter, and we welcome the deaf and hearing alike to join us. 

This program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Connecticut Office of the Arts.

Download Flyer HERE

Posted 02/10/2017 09:13AM

Iron Deaf Chef Culinary Cookoff

April 28, 2017

Curt Hayward VS Kurt Ramborger

FREE Admission & Meet the Chefs!

Streamed LIVE on Facebook


Jeffrey  Bravin
Host and Executive Director of
The American School for the Deaf

Christopher Burke
Chef and former
“Chopped” competitor

Mike Sinsigalli
Chef & Fire Marshall for the
Town of West Hartford CT

Jenica Von Garrel
Deaf Chef

Click HERE for more information

Posted 02/02/2017 02:18PM

Save the Date! ASD proudly presents the 8th Annual Culinary Bowl, which will take place at Naugatuck Valley Community College on April 29th from 10:30 to 2. The event will be streamed LIVE on Facebook as well! Don't miss it!

Download the flyer HERE!  

Posted 01/19/2017 01:16PM

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Monte Scholarship Information for ASD Graduates, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

In 1998, ASD received a very generous gift from an alumnus of the school, Mrs. Alberta Monte. Mrs. Monte graduated from ASD in 1929, and due to hard times of the depression, she was unable to attend college. Mrs. Monte did not want to see any other deaf children miss an opportunity for further education. Accordingly, she has left this gift to ASD for the purpose of providing scholarships to qualified ASD students who intend to go to college.

We will award a portion of this scholarship fund to qualified ASD Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores who will be attending college or taking college courses. Enclosed is a list of the scholarships as well as an application form that each student must complete and submit by Friday, May 5, 2017.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

You and your child should be aware of the timelines in preparation for submitting the scholarship application.

Parents please review the scholarship criteria carefully and make sure each requirement is met.

Please be advised that monetary awards will be held until graduation from ASD and are released directly to the college upon proof of enrollment. Students who leave ASD before graduation will lose their scholarships.

Please call Dawn Love's office at 860-570-2380  if you have any questions or email at



Posted 12/12/2016 09:36AM

About the Exhibition

Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf

April 27 - October 7, 2017 

The American School for the Deaf established the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States.  It created a new standardized language- American Sign Language- resulting in a deaf community and culture that continues to advance equality.  As a leader in developing educational methods and embracing technology for people who are deaf, ASD has impacted personal lives and American culture, and has formed local, national, and global connections between deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.

Visitors to this exhibit will come away with the understanding that ASD has and continues to transform and enrich the lives of deaf and hard of hearing individuals while forming connections between the deaf and hearing communities.  They will understand the role that ASD played in shaping American culture through its influence on racial integration, special education, technological innovation, and through its establishment of American Sign Language as a major world language.  The exhibit will allow visitors to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and successes of people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This exhibit will be showcased for six months from April through October 2017.  The promotional web page for Language, Culture, Communities: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf can be viewed at
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