APRIL 15TH – NATIONAL ASL DAY!  The first permanent school for the deaf opened in Hartford, CT on this day in 1817.  Today, it is in West Hartford and is called the American School for the Deaf.  At the founding of that school, the new language we now call American Sign Language – ASL was really born.  Old French Sign Language, brought by Laurent Clerc, first teacher of the deaf in America, combined with Old American Sign Language and Martha’s Vineyard Sign Language to form our modern ASL.  It was the birth of Deaf education in America and the birth of the Deaf community. 
The original site for the school was on Asylum Ave in Hartford.  Some in Hartford have suggested the name of the street be changed as “Asylum” is not a positive or dignified term.  Really?  Millions of people seek asylum – a safe place, a haven.  It would be better to keep the name and put a plaque to note the historical significance of the founding of the school.

Welcome to the American Sign Language Academy

American Sign Language is the fourth most used language in the United States. It is an AMERICAN language, not a foreign one. It was developed by Deaf Americans.

There are many signed languages in the world, organized into language groups, as spoken languages are. ASL is in the language family with French and Vietnamese sign languages. It has no connection to British Sign Language.

ASL Academy is a language school whose programs are designed to bring students all the way to fluency.  Our teaching approach builds progressive skills to allow you to reach that goal.  We take the shortest route to putting information into your long-term memory.

The development of this approach is from the study of brain physiology, first and second language acquisition, long and short-term memory function, and many years of experience teaching students of all ages and abilities.

Our program is thorough and complete.  It is affordable.  It is flexible, allowing students to progress at their own rate. The course descriptions page provides details.

If you want more information, please contact us.  We are committed to your success!

ASL Academy, Cranston, RI 02910
681 Park Ave, suite 26

Office, Language Lab, lending library and
classrooms with evening and weekend classes, Institutes, Immersions and workshops.


2845 Post Road, Warwick
Evening and weekend classes

Call 401 722-1022
or email mannyteach2011@yahoo.com

For information on specific courses
or workshops, click on those pages.

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