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Family Education Services

Please note that all events are subject to date/time change. Watch for the current flyers for those events! We look forward to seeing you at our FES events.

We now have our ASD Family Lending Library Catalog online. You can download a copy of it by CLICKING ON THIS LINK.

All Family Education Services (FES) events are open to ALL parents/families of deaf/hard of hearing children.

Your child does not have to attend ASD to attend these events.


(Open to all)
Friday, April 5, 2019

April 5, Friday : Parents and family members are welcome to visit for the day. Contact Kerry McDowell at

Bingo & Family Pizza Social

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
5:15 PM in GCEC Dining Room. Bring a dessert to share!

Contact Lori Coughlin at


Open to All ASD Families

May 28, 2019 Tuesday, 5:00 pm GCEC Dining Room/Patio.

Contact Lori Coughlin at


(Open to all)
Date is subject to change

May 28, 2019 Tuesday, 6:00 pm Rockwell VCC, 6:00 pm

Questions, please contact:
The American School for the Deaf Non-Discrimination Notice

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex or age in treatment or employment at ASD, admission or access to ASD, or any other aspect of the educational programs and activities that ASD operates. ASD is required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (Age Act), and their respective implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Parts 100, 104, 106 and 110, not to discriminate in such a manner. Inquiries concerning the application of each of the aforementioned statutes and their implementing regulations to ASD may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, at (617) 289-0111 OR 5 Post Office Square, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, or to the applicable ASD Coordinator(s):

Patricia Schoenfeld
Director of Human Resources
American School for the Deaf
139 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107

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Family Sign Language Classes

Member of the parent sign language class using ASL

Parent Sign Language Classes


Wednesday Mornings from 11:00 to 12:00 Noon

2019 Spring Day Classes
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 17, 24

To Register: Download the Spring 2019 Parent Daytime Sign language Class Registration Form

Any questions, please contact Darlene Borsotti at or 860.899.1203VP

Parent/Sibling Sign Language Classes


Thursday Evenings 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

2019 Spring Evening Classes
March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

To Register: Download the Spring 2019 Parent Evening Sign Language Class Registration Form

Any questions, please contact Darlene Borsotti at or 860.899.1203VP

2019 Summer Evening Classes
July 11, 18, 25, August 1

To Register: Download the Spring 2019 Parent Evening Sign Language Class Registration Form

Any questions, please contact Darlene Borsotti at or 860.899.1203VP

Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Siblings and Extended Family are all welcome!

Child care will be provided for ASD students and children younger than 4.

Any questions, please contact Darlene Borsotti at or 860.899.1203VP


Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) consists of parents who reflect the cultural make-up of ASD’s student population. The PAC meets five times yearly to advise the school on educational matters.

Meetings for the 2017- 2018 academic year are September 12, November 14, January 9, March 13, and May 8. All meetings are at 6:00PM in the Family Education Services Room in the Gallaudet Clerc Education Center.

Purpose of PAC: 1) To advise the school on the educational matters; 2) To provide assistance to the school in securing regional, state, community and parent support; 3) To assist the school in developing and implementing beneficial programs for parents and families; 4) To assist the school in fulfilling its mission; and 5) To assist parents through involvement in their child's education by promoting networking.


Based on parents' requests and needs, a variety of support groups are offered in our Parent Center and other locations throughout the school year, including:

  • Preschool Parent Support Group
  • Elementary School Parent Support Group
  • Middle School and High School Parent Support Group
  • Hispanic Parent Support Group
  • Parent-to-Parent Support Network


Together We Read

Designed to encourage the development of essential literacy skills, Together We Read helps make shared reading experiences fun and educational. A trained tutor makes home visits to teach parents and guardians the most effective techniques for reading to deaf children. This extraordinarily successful program develops and strengthens learning and comprehension skills while nurturing each child’s enthusiasm for reading.

Parent Lending Library

The Center provides a place for parents to congregate and socialize in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Parents are welcome to take advantage of our resource library with its vast collection of children's and informational books, sign language dictionaries and many other materials related to deafness. All materials are available on a two-week loan program. Also available are computer programs on our parent-friendly computer and an extensive collection of videotapes on sign language. The Parent Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. throughout the school year, and during summer family activities.

For more information, contact:


860-899-1082 VP