2017 ASDC Conference

Don't miss the 2017 ASDC Conference

Bridging Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The American School for the Deaf (ASD) is very excited and proud to host the 2017 ASDC Conference on June 25 -27 in West Hartford, Connecticut, a beautiful New England destination.  The conference theme, “Bridging Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” focuses on celebrating families and empowering them with resources and advocacy knowledge and skills. Founded in 1817, the American School for the Deaf is the oldest school for the deaf in the United States, the oldest special education facility of any kind in the Americas, and Connecticut’s only educational organization devoted exclusively to serving the deaf community.

ASD will be celebrating its 200th anniversary while ASDC will be celebrating its 50 year anniversary.  Together we will be collaborating to provide an exciting educational conference which will include:

  • Two Keynote speakers, diverse workshops and the opportunity for round table discussions lead by professional and/or parents.
  • Kick off ceremony and a banquet ending the conference in style.
  • Exciting, enriching, and adventurous age appropriate children/teen activities.

Don’t miss out.  Past participants always want more and develop long lasting relationships both children and adults.  ASD is ready to embrace and welcome everyone.

Registration cost:

Per Adult:  $275   Per Child:  $225

Includes all meals, conference and children activities.

Transportation and Lodging Information.

ASD will provide a shuttle to and from ASD to most location listed below.


Bradley International (BDL), Schoephoester Rd, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, 20/25 minutes travel time to ASD

Hartford Union Station
1 Union Pl, Hartford, CT 06103


American School for the Deaf campus (Limited space), Dorm rooms / shared coed bathrooms, $10.00 per night/2 people per room

Hotels:  Conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  Room blocks will be set up under ASD/ASDC

Courtyard by Marriott, Hartford/Farmington
1583 Southeast Road, Farmington, CT 06032, 860.521.7100

Homewood Suites by Hilton, 2 Farm Glen Boulevard, Farmington, CT 06032, 860.321.0000

To register for the conference go to: https://www.asd-1817.org/page.cfm?p=1297&LockSSL=true


Vendor/Sponsorship Opportunity

The vendor/sponsor packet is now available, please click here to download the vendor/sponsor packet. For additional information please contact Cindy Paluch at Cindy.Paluch@asd-1817.org

Vendor/Sponsor Packet



2016 Roy K. Holcomb Distinguished Lecture Series

ASDC is honored to announce that Mr. Tim Albert has been selected as the 2017 Roy K. Holcomb Distinguished Lecturer.

Tim grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana and loved eating Cajun and Creole gumbos. He was born deaf and was sent to various mainstream schools in the New Orleans area. During his junior year, Tim transferred to Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSD).

After graduating from Louisiana School for the Deaf in 1991, Tim was accepted by National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, New York. He studied there from 1991 to 1997 and obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Imaging Technology. Tim then transferred to Gallaudet University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 2002 and a Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2004​.

​Tim was Director of Youth Empowerment Summit (YES) for 9 years under National Black Deaf Advocates. He was the first Deaf President of the Black Awareness Coordinating Committee at Rochester Institute of Technology (a hearing organization) as well as the first Deaf member and brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He was a board member of Deaf Abused Women’s Network in Washington, DC. Tim was on the Administration team of the Deaf Youth Camp of Color in Stayton, Oregon. He was a conference chairperson for the 2013 National Black Deaf Advocates Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also started working as a school social worker with Georgia School for the Deaf in 2005 and got promoted to dorm director from 2009 to 2014. In Fall 2014, he is pleased to be named as Dean of Students (Student Program Administrator) for Middle/High School at Indiana School of the Deaf.

Tim is married to Stephanie Smith Albert and they have a black mixed breed Beagle/Labrador named Lucky Smith Albert.


Conference Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships will be available for families to attend the 2017 ASDC Conference.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship please fill out the application below and email it to Cheri Dowling at asdc@deafchildren.org.  All scholarship requests must be received no later than April 15, 2017 in order to be considered.  Contact Cheri Dowling at asdc@deafchildren.org with any questions.

2017 Scholarship Application