Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Central)

Coronavirus Information and Resources

Several national organizations, including the CDC (ASL Video Series),  have posted information regarding the Coronavirus and related resources.

Serving the Residents of Tennessee

Welcome to the public resource about hearing loss and deafness that is available to ALL Tennesseans regardless of your ability to hear! Check out our statewide event calendar; lending library of books, videos and equipment; Tennessee Directory of Services for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and more!

Calendar of Events

Look for or post events in the deaf and hard of hearing community across the entire state of Tennessee!  The calendar is also searchable by area of the state or type of event.

Interpreted Marionette Shows

Great for children and adults alike! A variety of marionette and puppet shows performed at the Nashville Public Library are interpreted into ASL.  (A sound track accompanies the videos.)
(Special thanks to Wishing Chair Productions and the Nashville Public Library Foundation!)

Elizabeth Biggs is leading a team who is addressing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic for children with disabilities and their families through a new research project focusing on learning about the ways families are involved in language and literacy learning for children who are nonverbal or have limited verbal speech. The team is currently recruiting families to participate, and families can receive up to $220 in gift cards and two new children’s books for participating. Eligible participants must have a child who: attends a public school in Tennessee and is in Kindergarten through fourth grade for the 2020-2021 school year; has a disability and receives special education services; and is nonverbal or has limited verbal speech. All participation occurs online, at times that are convenient to families. To learn more about the project or complete an interest form, visit https://redcap.link/LanguageLiteracy. Contact Elizabeth Biggs at elizabeth.e.biggs@vanderbilt.eduPosted 9/8/20

Two video conversations held the week of June 7, 2020 - NBDA & VOCA
Sources:  YouTube and Facebook (links are provided next to each archived program
Posted June 12, 2020

Posted 8/7/20

Information and messaging about the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can be received in a variety of ways and from many sources. As events unfold, how information is shared with the public varies widely, from traditional news to social media and mobile alerts. Early messaging about COVID-19 focused on its severity for older populations and those with underlying conditions, but did those most vulnerable to serious illness form COVID-19 receive timely and accessible emergency information and messaging?


The Library Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing is now offering an ASL Book Club for Deaf teens!  It is also open to any siblings that want to participate.

Posted 7/17/20

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Posted 7/6/20 from Governor Lee's office: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/governors-response/commitment-to-accessibility.html

Governor Bill Lee is committed to providing reliable and timely information to all Tennesseans. 


Source:  Nashville Scene  https://www.nashvillescene.com/news/features/article/21136603/covid19-takes-touch-away-from-the-deafblind
June 11, 2020

A local Nashville newspaper in Nashville, the Nashville Scene, interviewed and highlighted two DeafBlind individuals (Ashley Jackson and John Forbes) and one interpreter (Forest Sponseller) for this article.


FREE Resources!  (Updated 5/6/20)

Several national organizations, including the CDC (ASL Video Series),  have posted information regarding the Coronavirus and related resources. Please see the attached list.  It will be updated as new information is posted, so please check back. 

Updated 8/26/20

News releases from TDI on Telehealth and from the National Association of the Deaf
Updated 4/20/20

A letter from the Tennessee Organization of the Deaf-Blind regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic...

The State of Tennessee is providing financial aid to certain families that lost employment due to COVID-19. Congress passed a $2 trillion dollar coronavirus relief package. For further info  provided by clicking on the link above...

Tennessee Deaf Mentor Program
by Briella Diaz, Coordinator of the Deaf Mentor Program, Tennessee Schools for the Deaf

Source:  Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities:  https://www.tn.gov/cdd/projects-and-initiatives/public-awareness/breaking-ground/breaking-ground-101---be-heard--be-counted/breaking-ground-101---tennessee-deaf-mentor-program.html   more...

Get help! The National Domestic Violence Hotline VP: 1-855-812-1001

or nationaldeafhotline@adwas.org or deafhelp@thehotline.org

For High School Students Living in Memphis!
Registration is Open for
I AM INCLUDED 2020 - 2021
They meet every Monday and Wednesday for 4:30PM - 5:30 PM. Now through December and then again in January

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020


9:00pm EST on www.DPAN.tv
DPAN TV will stream the debate on their Facebook page and website. 


Calendar of Upcoming Events

EIEIO - Effective Initiatives for Early Intervention Opportunities for Deafblind Infants and Toddlers- Part 2


SE DeafBlind Webinar Series

TIME:  2: Learn more

SERID Seminars 2020

In lieu of postponing the 2020 SERID Conference, SERID, INC. gladly presents:

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Bridges for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing


10:00am till 11:00am CDT – Social Hour
11: Learn more

Tennessee Council for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing Meeting Changed to 10/23/20
SERID Seminars 2020

In lieu of postponing the 2020 SERID Conference, SERID, INC. gladly presents:

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New Materials

See a listing of the new materials added to the LSDHH collection at the Nashville Public Library.

  • Learning to Sign: It's a Party!
  • Learning to Sign is Cool!
  • Language Attitudes in the American Deaf Community
  • A Creature Was Stirring: One Boy's Night Before Christmas
  • Powered On