Posted 04/27/2017 08:57AM

Matt “The Hammer” Hamill is an American Mixed Martial Artist and Wrestler. He is a three-time NCAA Division III National Champion in wrestling, and is a silver medalist in Greco-Roman Wrestling with a gold medal in Freestyle Wrestling from the 2001 Summer Deaflympics. The Hammer competed on the reality show – The Ultimate Fighter. He is the subject of the 2010 film entitled, The Hammer.

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Posted 04/27/2017 08:39AM

Thank you to everyone who supported our 200th Anniversary Gala, 

Please click HERE for photos from the event. 


Posted 04/10/2017 11:09AM
Click HERE for a great interactive map of deaf historical sites across Connecticut.
Posted 04/10/2017 09:26AM


The ASD Speaker’s Bureau is a series of informative workshops to help celebrate our 200th Anniversary.

The First Speaker's Bureau is

Henri Bimont from Institut National de Jeunes Sourds

April, 20, 2017


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Posted 04/10/2017 08:56AM

Sunshine 2.0 Theater on Tour will be performing at: 

Kingswood Oxford

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

7:00 - 8:30 pm

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Posted 03/28/2017 02:39PM
Check out the latest VLOG update HERE on The American School for the Deaf's 200th Celebration.
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.

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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

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Posted 02/07/2017 09:30AM
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