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On April 15, 1817, Laurent Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet started the Connecticut Asylum at Hartford for the Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons. As the first school for the deaf in the United States, it is also the birthplace of American Sign Language.

Today, the American School for the Deaf offers residential and day programs for deaf and hard of hearing children from infancy through high school and into vocational post-secondary education, all using the Total Communication method of teaching.

Official website: http://www.asd-1817.org/

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