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#BridgesTN and #BridgesWEST invited you to #DeafNightIn on Friday, March 5th, 6pm CST. To RSVP,  Click here to join:

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Statewide Meeting

Presented with Kara Sweet, Dept. of Justice, Middle District of Tennessee

Interpreting and CART provided.

This event is part of an initiative to increase equal access and the quality of services for our D/deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing communities in hospitals.

Register here:  https://hipaa.jotform.com/210564993290158

 

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Sponsored by Disability Rights Tennessee, the Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon (DEAL) is the largest disability employment event in Tennessee. Designed to increase awareness about and commitment to Employment First as a sustainable business policy, this event brings together over 350 people from nonprofit, government, and business sectors to learn how to build an inclusive workforce.

Did You Know?

Businesses that are inclusive of people with disabilities – in recruitment, retention, and advancement – benefit from a wider pool of talent, skills, and creative business solutions. Additionally, work environments that are flexible and open to the talents of all qualified individuals, including those with disabilities, actually promote workplace success for everyone.

Disability Rights Tennessee is thrilled to welcome Ernie Dianastasis as our 2021 Keynote Speaker. 

Ernie Dianastasis is Founder and CEO of The Precisionists, Inc. (TPI), a global administrative services and information technology company focused on employing 10,000 people with disabilities by the year 2025.

TPI is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, but is national in its focus. Creating meaningful careers for people with disabilities while delivering world class service to customers is a passion for Ernie.

In 2018, The Precisionists received the prestigious national award from the Autism Society of America, for being the company to do the most to advance employment opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Prior to this Ernie was a senior executive at the IT company CAI, and he grew it to become one of the three largest IT firms in Philadelphia market.

Prior to joining CAI Ernie was with the IBM Corporation. He earned a B.S. degree in Finance and an M.B.A. in Management from Lehigh University.

Ernie and his wife Jennifer reside in Wilmington, Delaware, with their two children, John and Paisley.

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Objectives: 1. Participants will learn how to incorporate various communication strategies that include content and visual information. 2. Participants will learn some modifications of signs to make it more noticeable and clear.  3. Participants will learn how to include environmental/visual/auditory feedback along with content.

PRESENTERS:  
Jeffrey Trader, CI, CT, Sign Language Interpreter
Ashley Benton, MSW, Deaf/Deaf-Blind Services Coordinator

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DrycG-ikSCqt-JfJyQnWZw

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Objectives: 1. Participants will learn how to incorporate various communication strategies that include content and visual information. 2. Participants will learn some modifications of signs to make it more noticeable and clear.  3. Participants will learn how to include environmental/visual/auditory feedback along with content.

PRESENTERS:  
Ashley Benton, Deaf/Deaf-Blind Services Coordinator
Jeff Trader, Sign Language Interpreter

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7Uf4cF14RxWzVzFGJH-0vA

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Doug Roland will share highlights of his journey and his Academy Award nominated short-film; Feeling Through.

PRESENTER:  Doug Roland

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zpcOk1lqTCu_cbr1kPDu_A

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

All young children thrive when their learning environments invite and reinforce self-discovery. The session will highlight stages of play and strategies specific to very young children with deaf-blindness to support self-initiated learning through each stage.

PRESENTER:  Tanni Anthony, Ph.D Director, Access, Learning and Literacy

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YVRtUr88RU6FBdrLzrjSWg

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Many educational teams struggle with how to begin communication programming for a learner who communicates in idiosyncratic, nonconventional ways—that is, primarily without the use of symbols. Through the development and implementation of a nonsymbolic expressive signal dictionary and an augmented input receptive dictionary for an individual learner, a family and educational team can build a solid foundation for future communication programming. Family and team members will learn how to consistently respond to identified elements of a learner’s communication attempts (i.e., signals and gestures), and provide information to the learner in a consistent manner through gestures and spoken words / manual signs. By implementing these strategies, the team is much more likely to facilitate successful communicative interactions and collectively move the learner’s skills in the direction of symbolic communication.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Susan M. Bashinski, Interim Dean, Graduate School at Missouri Western State University

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://uky.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QdM9mTgZQ1mM-V6fSR-x1g

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Because deaf-blindness is a rare and diverse disability, families may feel isolated or alone…like there is no one else who understands their experiences. F2FC brings families together via distance technology to connect, share information and resources, and offer support to one another in the journey of supporting their family member with deaf-blindness.

PRESENTERS:  
Carol Darrah, Georgia Sensory Assistance Project Coordinator
Jana Villemez, Family Consultant AR DB Program

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VJJp3FYyRR-4r_tGjV-mSw

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series
Tuesdays and Thursdays
(ASL Interpreting, Captioning & Spanish Interpreting Provided)
Sponsored by the Southeast State DeafBlind Projects

TIME:  1:30PM CST; 2:30PM EST

Preparing for transition is not something that needs to be delayed until the student is a teenager.  There are things that can be done at an earlier age to help build skills for transition.  Learn about ideas and come away with tools to help start this process earlier.

PRESENTERS:  
Corinne Miller, KY Deafblind Specialist and
Janell Turner, Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE:  https://uky.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ODQHg9YPTE292DptrleS_A