Transition Services

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is committed to preparing our students for successful lives in a competitive world. Our transition services program is tailored to meet our students’ individual aspirations and post-secondary plans – whether they choose to pursue a college degree or immediately enter the workforce.
Transition programming begins early in middle school and becomes more formal as students enter high school. Please see the Student Transition Resource at for links to student-friendly materials.
On campus, transition services are divided into two categories: (1) services provided to all ASD high school students, and (2) Transition Program Services (T-HUB) - a post-high school transition program for students ages 18 – 21.  
ASD’s high school students are provided the following transition planning services beginning the year they turn age 16, or younger depending on their town/state:

  • Career/academic Assessments, Interest/Learning Style Inventories, and Self-Determination Scales
  • Self-advocacy and self-determination skills development
  • Legal rights and responsibilities
  • Technical assistance
  • Portfolio development
  • Career exploration
  • Post-secondary education preparedness and applications
  • Scholarship applications
  • Connection to state agencies
  • Access to national tests including SAT and ACT, and alternative formats
Post-High School Transition Program (T-Hub) - ages 18-21
The T-Hub is a total immersion program available to students who have completed their required courses for graduation and would benefit from an additional transition year (or more) to practice self-advocacy skills and prepare for post-school education, training, employment and independent living skills. 

The program consists of:

  • Functional Academics:
    • English in the workplace and everyday life
    • Math in the workplace and everyday life
    • Financial literacy
    • Self-advocacy skills development

  • Community and Work-Based Learning Experience:
    • Employment experience (at local businesses & on campus)
    • Community volunteerism (in the local community)
    • Development of “soft” skills:
      • Communication
      • Work ethic
      • Time management
      • Teamwork
      • Use of public transportation

  • Development of “hard” transferrable skills:
    • Reading / writing / math skills
    • Computer & technology skills
    • Specific skills development through on-the-job training
    • stocking shelves
    • transition student working on accessing public transportation

For information, please contact:

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  • Photo of Desiree Duda

    Desiree Duda 

    Transition Specialist
    New York University, Deafness Rehabilitation
    Penn State University, Deaf Education
  • Photo of Keri Weston Thomas

    Keri Weston Thomas 

    Student Transition Services Coordinator
    Central Connecticut State University - BA
    University of Hartford - M.Ed.

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