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Deaf Is.. History

American School for the Deaf 1817History is more than just names and dates. It is about ideas and actions resulting in change; how one event leads to another.

Travel back and see what life was like in the 1800's, meet the innovative people of the time, discover the roots of deaf heritage and the contributions it has made to society.

Alice CogswellWho?

Meet Alice, the little girl who made a difference How was she different? What did she do? Who were the courageous people who helped her and so many others in the community?


What did students do at ASD back in the 1800's? What do students at ASD do now? Look at how some things change and some things remain the same.


ASD DrawingIn the 1800s, Hartford was an international cultural, industrial, art and philanthropic center. Many important people lived, worked and played there, establishing it as a truly great and prospering city.

People in the community wanted to see more changes. This era in history marked the beginning of many charitable organizations whose purpose was to help people make a better life for themselves and others in need. The time, dedication and support of some of Hartford's most notable citizens helped establish what is now known as the American School for the Deaf.

How & Why

The story of the Amistad is about hearts and hands; hearts that cared and hands that helped.

You may be surprised to learn that ASD has strong connections to the Amistad story. Read about the hearts and hands that worked to win the Africans' freedom and return them to their home.


Do you like trivia? Here are some interesting 'nuggets' that may surprise you.

Explore how some famous Americans are connected to deafness.