The ASD Difference:

Approximately 50% of ASD students elect to spend the school week in dormitories on the School’s beautiful 54-acre campus. Residential students arrive at ASD Monday morning and return home Friday afternoon, allowing them to spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening at home. During the school week, ASD's outstanding para-professional staff provides extensive after-school programming. More than 80% of the Residential Life staff are certified by the Conference of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf (CEASD). 

Programs and Activities

A variety of clubs and organizations including:

Junior National Association of the Deaf
Student Forum
Connecticut Forum Drama Club
Martin Luther King Organization
Student Lounge Management

Elective mini-course offerings featuring a wide range of special interests in both academic and recreational areas of study

Leadership development training

Off-campus activities and cultural events including the Eastern States Exposition and Hartford Stage Company theater performances

The Evening Tutorial Program is open to all middle and high school dorm and day students who have their own transportation.  It is held Monday through Wednesday evenings and students are welcome as "walk-ins" between the hours of 6:30-8:30pm.  Some computers are available for use.  The certified teachers of the deaf are available during those hours.

Evening access to library and computers

Interscholastic athletic program featuring competitive teams in seven sports, cheerleading and membership in the Eastern Schools for the

Deaf Athletic Association as well as two junior teams for elementary students(soccer and basketball)

Intramural athletic programs in basketball, football and baseball

After-school work experience offering students opportunities to work in a variety of job settings both on and off campus

Comprehensive Programs that Support Personal and Academic Growth

Residential Life program goals include providing students the opportunity to assume leadership roles, develop their collaborative abilities and strengthen their social skills. Students have access to a broad range of after-school programs and activities, many of which are open to ASD students as well as area deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are served by Outreach and Support Services. Tailored to the individual’s needs and interests, ASD’s after school programs effectively support the social and emotional development of each student.

Our Philosophy

As is true throughout the American School for the Deaf, Residential Life programming is guided by the Total Communication Philosophy. All modes of language/communication – speech, speech reading, English and American Sign Language – are encouraged, ensuring that communication is effective and comfortable for each student.

Expertise and Experience

For nearly two centuries, ASD has been serving the educational needs of deaf citizens of all ages. The combination of ASD's experience and vast network of contacts places ASD in a unique position to effectively serve the deaf community. A strong commitment to excellence and personalized attention is demonstrated in every Residential Life program. Relevant activities, state-of the-art equipment, special devices for deaf and hard of hearing students and a highly dedicated Residential Life staff ensure each ASD student a well-balanced, comprehensive educational experience.

For more information, contact:

Kristin Feldman
Director of Student Affairs
Phone: 860-944-9365
Fax: 860-570-2245 

History of ASD

The first school for the deaf in the United States, ASD has a rich history.

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Support the School

There are many ways to support the school and Every Gift Counts.

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Tiger Sports

Program featuring competitive teams in seven sports and membership in the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association.

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Sign Language Classes

ASD offers community sign classes three times a year for adults, youth, and babies.

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Upcoming Events
    • FriOct27 ASD Homecoming
    • FriOct27 ASD Homecoming
    • ThuNov02 Speakers Bureau - Deaf Run Businesses and Organizations GCEC Cafeteria
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