This is where it all began...
...in 1817, when
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a recent Yale graduate and ordained clergyman, met
the Dr. Mason Fitch Cogswell family and their deaf daughter, Alice. Embarking
on a voyage to Europe to learn the art of educating deaf children, Gallaudet
encountered the exciting work of l'Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris
(school for the deaf in Paris,
then enlisted Laurent Clerc, a talented, young, deaf teacher to join him in a
historic journey back home to establish the first permanent school for the deaf
in the United States.
Over the years, this school
has served as the "Mother School" in providing an exemplary model educational
program; a site for teacher training and practicum; and as a springboard from
which trained and experienced educators of the deaf went forth to educate and
to start other schools for the deaf all over the country and to help found a
college in Washington, D.C.
We take pride in our tradition of excellence and innovative educational
programming. As we address the ever-present challenge of serving infants,
children, youth and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing, we are always
seeking ways to apply new knowledge, approaches and technology in our work.
We are proud of our alumni
who are engaged in the world as educated, self-supporting and productive
As you learn more about
ASD, you will discover a community that shares a passion for the School,
demonstrations of great accomplishment and a rich base of support. I encourage
you to visit the campus, attend a workshop, sign up for a community sign class,
or use this website to contact a member of our faculty, staff, or
administration. Whether you are a prospective student, alumnus, friend, or
fellow educator, we invite you to explore and learn more about us.