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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!)

SAVE THE DATE! May 29-31, 2015 is TSD’s annual Family Learning Weekend. FLW is for all Tennessee families with children who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind or deaf with other disabilities, birth through 21 years old. Registration opens in mid-March 2015. http://tsdeaf.org/save_the_date_FLW2.pdf#zoom=100


Mockingbird Community and Retirement Center is asking for your help to achieve the reality of building a community and retirement center for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened and Hearing interested in this community.  You can help us by printing out the Special Announcement form attached.  Fill out the form and mail it to the address provided.  All information will be kept co

Here is a list of the VHS tapes we are now giving away FOR FREE!!!  If you need the items shipped to you, you will need to pay for shipping.   Shipping is determined based on weight of package and address so please include list of all tapes you want along with mailing address to laura.ellison@nashville.gov.  Payment instructions: cash, checks or money orders made out to "Friends of the Library- LSDHH" can be mailed to 615 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37219.  

New items added are in blue text. 

Are you Deaf? Hard of Hearing? Deaf-Blind? Disability Rights Tennessee wants to know your experience with voting. We want to make sure Tennesseans who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind have equal access to voting and information about the voting processes.  

The National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) will host their bi-annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky on August 3-9, 2015.

Are you interested in working with the DeafBlind community? Do you want to learn more about support service providers (SSP)? Are you a seasoned signer? Are you an interpreter? Do you have experience as an SSP? Are you Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Hearing? Would you like to volunteer as an SSP for DeafBlind Guests...on a cruise ship!?

Today the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division together with the U.S.

In an historic first, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) along with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) sat down with representatives from the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) to hammer out an agreement on movie captioning.

The Federal Communications Commission announces the establishment of a new federal advisory committee, the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC or Committee), which will provide advice and recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters. By this Public Notice, we seek nominations for membership on and a Chairperson to this Committee.

Tennessee Disability MegaConference - 13th Annual convention

Thursday & Friday - May 21-22, 2015


Calendar of Upcoming Events

Wednesday Morning @ Bridges Fitness
Bridges, Fitness Center

Come join us on Wednesday mornings for a low impact fitness workout. Our classes feature Yoga, Learn more

Happy Hands at the Mall (Chattanooga)
Hamilton Place Mall in the Food Court

This very casual group meets every Thursday at Hamilton Place Mall in the Food Court from 4:30 Learn more

Salon@615: Author, Deborah Harkness - "The Book of Life"
Nashville Public Library

This salon is a free, ticketed event. A limited number of auditorium tickets will be available Learn more

2015 Tennessee School for the Deaf Family Learning Weekend
Tennessee School for the Deaf

Our focus this year is on Critical Issues in Deaf Education: Transitions from secondary Learn more

ASL Coffee Chat in Murfreesboro

ASL Coffee Chat is a chance for anyone who enjoys American Sign Language to get together, chat, Learn more

New Materials

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

  • Little Quack
  • For Hearing People Only: Answers to Some of the Most Commonly Asked Questions about the Deaf Community, Its Culture, and the "Deaf Reality": Student's Workbook
  • No Limits
  • Shouting Won't Help: Why I and 50 Million Other Americans Can't Hear You
  • Health Investigations with Dr. Know: Hearing