Arkansas School for the Deaf

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The Arkansas School for the Deaf (ASD) has a strong legacy: it is the only school for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in the state of Arkansas and serves as the center for Deaf Education throughout the state. Founded in 1850, ASD is not only one of the state’s oldest schools, but the oldest school for the deaf west of the Mississippi River.  ASD follows a state-mandated curriculum and provides individualized education to students from throughout Arkansas, many of whom live on campus during the week in dormitories.  ASD serves students from preschool through high school and beyond through a comprehensive post-secondary program focusing on career and college readiness.  The school also provides support for deaf and hard of hearing students in mainstream programs throughout the state and serves families of deaf children from birth until school age through a home-visitation program.


ASD has a rich heritage of working together to create learning opportunities for academic excellence and personal independence. The staff of ASD supports this mission by providing students dynamic opportunities for learning and delivering more equitable access to the world around them, truly instilling independence, autonomy, and confidence in all of our students.  ASD is proud to be a leader in the field of deaf education nationwide.