30-minute sessions available for parents and children to learn how to change themselves into someone or something through American Sign Language (ASL)

Starting at 9 AM (EDT) / 8 AM (CDT)

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SignOn Presents Visual Story telling with Trix Bruce

Patricia (“Trix”) Bruce, who is Deaf, delightful and dynamic, is an extraordinary performing artist with a spirited audience-participation entertainment style. Drawing on her background in American Sign Language (ASL) Linguistics and a life of travel and adventure, Trix excels in hilarious true-to-life storytelling and impromptu, interactive ASL artistry. There are words, and then there is Trix Bruce. She can tell you the story of her life, without uttering a word. Trix is a storyteller, a poet, an actress, and a one deaf-woman show. You will be captivated by her electrifying energy, irresistible sense of humor, open-hearted honesty, and rich experience. Enthusiastic audiences all across America celebrate Trix Bruce!

In this special SignOn Offer, parents and children will learn how to “change themselves” into someone or something else through American Sign Language (ASL) in a small group session. In literature, the technique of “personification” gives an inanimate object, a plant, or an animal characteristic that make it seem “human.” The object shows emotions and takes on human-like behaviors. You can use this technique in American Sign Language to “become” a flower, a butterfly, or even a book! Trix will demonstrate how to personify characters and shift roles within a story. You’ll learn how to “become” a baseball, basketball, beach ball, bowling ball, football, marble, ping pong ball, racquetball, soccer ball, water polo ball, and more!

Cost: $15 for a 30 minute session with Trix and 3 other learners!
*After you fill out and submit this form an invoice and scheduling request will be sent to you via email.

Session will be recorded and archived for you and your family to watch over and over again!


Time:  12:00 pm (EDT) / 11:00 AM (CDT)

Lunch and Learn get togethers are an opportunity for parents and families of deaf/hh children to build their knowledge and understanding of topics relating to parenting deaf children. Interpreters are provided for full accessibility in both ASL and English.

Topic: A Crash Course in Deaf Education for Parents with a Focus on FAPE and LRE
Student Age range: 0-18
Presenter: Jack Johnson, Director of CERC at TSD

Presentation Overview:
This session will help parents understand their deaf/hard of hearing child's rights under the Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and their child's Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

Note to Professionals: Feel free to join our lunch and learn series!

For a Zoom Link:  Contact David Ogle (See contact info above)


Service Animals, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Public Transportation
September 4, 2020
1:30–2:30 pm Central/2:30–3:30 pm Eastern

Donna DeStefano, Tennessee Disability Coalition
Brian Keller, Disability Rights Tennessee
Stacie Price, Disability Rights Tennessee

Session will cover:
•       Definition of Service Animals in the ADA and Public Transportation
•       Service Animals Must Be Under Control
•       Inquiries, Exclusions, Charges, and Other Specific Rules Related to Service Animals
•       Relationship of ADA to Other Laws
•       Enforcement
•       State Laws
•       Proposed Legislation in Tennessee
•       Resources

The session will be conducted via the Zoom Webinar Platform. CART services provided.

Contact Donna DeStefano at with any questions or accommodation needs.

Meeting Information to Follow SOON!



The Southeast DeafBlind Projects are excited to bring Family Story Time into your house!  You may be wondering…what is Family Story Time and why would we want to join?  10 southeast Deafblind Projects have come together to create a FAMILY ONLY on-line space to have fun with your family!

Goals for Family Story Time:

  • Expand the word, “literacy” The word literacy can mean many different things to people.  Often time we think of literacy as…books.  How do we bring books/stories to life for our children? 
  • Build confidence and support for home Support families to create that fun reading time with their child.
  • Meet other families 10 different states….lots of great families to meet!
  • Build home libraries Make an accessible, fun library for your home!
  • HAVE FUN! Join Family Time with your child, siblings, grandparents, and friends!

What do I need to know:

When:   Thursdays  Aug 27-Oct 15, 2020  
Time:     3pm CST / 4pm EST
The first session will be for parents to meet Gwyn and she’ll share what to expect during the 7 Story Time Sessions

Where: Plans are to have a PRIVATE Facebook page to stream story time. We will ask parents at registration.


Who will lead Story Time?
Gwyn McCormack is a teacher for the visually impaired from the United Kingdom.  She shares numerous free materials and resources on her site:
She created The Idea Machine for families to come together during Covid-19.

What Story? Story Time will follow the book, Marvin’s American Adventure”.  Gwyn will send the download for all families to print for FREE.

Cost: FREE

How do I join: Register at this link for all 8 sessions: Click Here To Register

Registration Closes end of day August 13th.

What to expect?   Your child will receive a Sparkly Box full of materials for participating in Story Time and creating arts and crafts to follow the story.


My journey to Self-Advocacy and Becoming Interdependent. Join us for our story!

Click here to register.


Join us to hear our story! From birth to the adult world! Usher diagnosis, independence, school, VR, hello baby, Lucy dog, and work!!!

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Imagine hearing your child can't, can't, can't. This family proved that their child CAN and DID. Join us to hear one family's story about how they were able to navigate the special education system, and have a successful transition for their young adult, in this presentation from birth to overtime. Sponsor: Cheri Dowling

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The Florida Film Festival - Live Stream presentation. This event will be streaming on our YouTube channel - if you haven't already, create an account so you can connect with other members of the Feeling Through community in the chat box and ask any questions you may have of the panelists.

TIME:  6:00 pm CDT / 7:00 pm EDT




Feeling Through - (18 minutes)
A coming of age film about the unlikely connection between a teen in need and a DeafBlind man. It is the first film ever to feature a DeafBlind actor in a lead role.

Connecting the Dots - (24 minutes)
A documentary following the journey of making Feeling Through and the search for the DeafBlind man who inspired it.

Engaging the Community - (45 minutes)
An integral part of The Feeling Through Experience is bringing the DeafBlind community and other communities together in one space to discuss the films’ various themes as well as topics related to the DeafBlind community. This portion of the event includes a panel discussion and Q&A with:

·       Creator - Doug Roland

·       DeafBlind Actor - Robert Tarango

·       Members of the local DeafBlind community


We would like to invite all families of school-aged children to attend our free TN Hands & Voices Support for Navigating the 20-21 School Year Zoom video meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm CST/ 8:00 pm EST.

Please email Kodi Ogle for access needs, to register, or for questions at We look forward to “seeing” you!


Karyn Menck will be our guest speaker who will give an overview about Global Alliance of Speech-To-Text-Captioning! So don't miss out! We are also having drawings for door prizes so you too could be a winner when you join the meeting!

Our online meeting will start at 1:30 pm (Central Time) but we advise all of you to join online around 1:15 pm to help you get set up.

Please see information below to join our virtual Zoom Meeting:

When: Aug 8, 2020 01:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:…

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting on Saturday, August 8th.