The American School for the Deaf (ASD) announced the unveiling of its latest innovation, the Online Academy. According to the announcement, the Online Academy will be “the first accessible online education platform serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students from all over the world.”

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To best fit the needs of each student, the ASD said its Online Academy will be a flexible program. For some students, it will be their primary source of education, while for others, it may supplement a student’s current educational programs. Through the Online Academy, students can experience more varied course offerings, interact with new peers, and explore language opportunities—all from the comfort of home, the ASD says. Tutoring may also be provided to help students excel in their current educational coursework.

As online education continues to expand, the Online Academy will also evolve with the addition of diverse course and curriculum offerings, looking to eventually become a comprehensive full-time online program. ASD envisions that this will include extracurricular activities, support services, and much more. The Online Academy is here to “help support students and their programs with innovative curriculum and individualized support for Individualized Education Plan (IEP) specific goals to ensure student success.”

“For over two centuries, the American School for the Deaf has pioneered innovative solutions to meet the challenges facing deaf and hard-of-hearing students,” said Jeffrey S. Bravin, executive director of ASD. “This tradition continues with the launch of the Online Academy, which will connect deaf and hard-of-hearing students everywhere with ASD’s team of world-class educators and curriculum. The time for innovation is now, and the Online Academy will help prepare all students for futures in which they are all ways able.”

To learn more about the Online Academy or register your spot, visit their landing page.

About the American School for the Deaf 

Founded in 1817 as the nation’s first special education school, the American School for the Deaf is a comprehensive learning community that welcomes all deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing children with unique communication needs. ASD “develops the whole child – intellectually, emotionally, physically, and socially.” For more information, please visit

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