Founded in 1817, the American School for the Deaf was the first permanent school for the deaf in the United States and a nationally renowned leader in providing comprehensive educational programs and services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The recent death of George Floyd has gripped our country. Though the events from the past week demonstrate a divide within our country, the American School for the Deaf is proud to be an inclusive community that welcomes and celebrates diversity. We do not tolerate oppression, discrimination, bigotry or racism of any kind, and we stand in solidarity with those peacefully protesting against these injustices.
As a school, we uphold the fundamental principle that equity should prevail regardless of skin color. We adamantly believe the actions surrounding George Floyd’s death, as well as other violence against the Black Community, are reprehensible and not to be tolerated. We are working with members of the ASD family, for whom this issue personally resonates, to develop a plan addressing this subject while opening a dialogue among students and staff. Outcomes from this discussion will be infused systematically within our curriculum, teachings, ongoing conversations and staffing infrastructure.
ASD must be responsive to all issues affecting our community, and we proudly join in protest against prejudice and persecution in all forms.