Founded in 1817, ASD was the first permanent school for the deaf in the US and is a nationally renowned leader in providing comprehensive educational programs and services for deaf and hard of hearing students. ASD embraces an ASL/English Bilingual approach to provide our students with a dual language foundation. The CORE program provides small classes designed to meet the needs of each student with specialized instruction in a linguistically accessible environment. Our PACES program is a comprehensive residential treatment program for students 6 to 21 years. PACES is a strength-based program addressing the unique needs of deaf and hard of hearing children with significant emotional/behavioral challenges. Our Autism Expansion program is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of all deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing non-verbal students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. All programs at ASD are approved by the CT State Department of Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD).