Kenny Tedford is one of two deaf people in the world with a Masters in Storytelling, which he earned at 55, after being told that he wouldn't complete the third grade. Kenny was born deaf, partially blind, and with partial paralysis. Kenny also suffers cognitive impairment. Despite all this, his life has been filled with joy, friends, and accomplishment. Come meet Kenny and author Paul Smith. A discussion will also take place.

An interpreter will be provided.


TIME: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST; 5:00 pm  - 6:00 pm EST

Giuletta Maucere was raised in a family that can hear rather well. Both her parentsand brother are hard of hearing, as well as Giuletta. They were raised culturally Deaf and she attended two Deaf schools growing up.

Giuletta’s family are all athletes. She and her brother are currently on the USA team for the Deaflympics. Her brother is on the men’s basketball team and she is entering her second year with the women’s volleyball team. Guiletta co-teaches elementary Physical Education at Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD), where she has worked for three years. She also is involved in the athletic department as the JV girls volleyball head coach and an assistant coach for varsity girls volleyball and basketball teams.

When asked what she enjoys doing in her spare time, Giuletta says, “I usually train for USA volleyball and I enjoy traveling. However, since the pandemic, hiking and snowboarding have been my go-to hobbies. I also have a newfound hobby with making smoothie bowls!”

Giuletta is looking forward to meeting the participants and discussing Deaf Athleticism!


Families, if you did not receive an email with the Zoom link, please contact Briella Diaz:  b.diaz@tsdeaf.org


“I think deafness is a disability,” a girl named CiCi says.  “To me it’s not a disability at all,” says a girl named Isabella.  Both CiCi and Isabella are deaf themselves.  But they deal with it in very different ways.

“I love music,” CiCi says.  “And I hear it through my cochlear implant and my hearing aid.” (“Cochlear” is pronounced “CO-clee-ur.”) “I am okay with never hearing anything,” Isabella says. 

On Tuesday, August 5, you’ll meet CiCi, Isabella and several other deaf kids — and find out how they live with their deafness — on the next edition of “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee.” It’s called “Now Hear This!  What If You Were Deaf?” 

“I’m really proud of being deaf,” a boy named Arbab says.  “I love ASL.” (ASL stands for “American Sign Language.”) “I don’t do any sign language of any sort, because, well, I can speak and hear,” says a girl named Sammie, who uses cochlear implants.  “So I don’t really feel the need to sign.”  “At my school, we have a sign language class,” says a girl named Kaylee, who’s the only deaf kid at her school.  “My friends take it.” 

Why do some kids choose hearing aids and cochlear implants while other kids choose sign language and lip reading? How do you talk on the phone when you can’t hear? How do you play sports? How do you dance? You’ll hear what deaf kids have to say about all of those things — and a lot more – on “Now Hear This!  What If You Were Deaf?” 

Be sure to tune into Nickelodeon for the show’s premiere at 8 p.m. (Eastern/Pacific) on August 5. And see how deaf kids are making their way through the hearing world. (If you live in a different time zone, check your local cable TV listings to find out when “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee” is on in your community.) 

“Being deaf is challenging,” CiCi says.  “But I can do as many things as hearing people can do.”


Please check the website link below for complete information about Presenters, Topics (including CEUs), Location, Registration, Payment, and Schedule.


Presented by: Paula D. Browning, RID, CSC, NIC Advanced, NAD IV, EIPA 4.7

.6 RID Professional Studies CEUs available

In our interpreting world, it is only in the last decade or so that the ethical decisions we make moment by moment are considered situational rather than a strident adherence to the Code of Professional Conduct (CPC). The interview section of the NIC performance exam attempts to understand our rationale for the choices we make, thus recognizing that circumstances influence our ethical choices. There is a world of difference in what is considered appropriate and inappropriate behavior depending on the situation. In particular, when dealing with a conflict, many behaviors which most people consider to be highly inappropriate become highly appropriate.

Situational Ethics is defined as a system of ethics by which acts are judged within their contexts instead of by categorical principles or as a system of ethics that evaluates acts in light of their situational context rather than by the application of moral absolutes. In the business world at large, Situational Ethics is a philosophy which promotes the idea that, when dealing with a crisis, the end justifies the means and that a rigid interpretation of rules and laws can be temporarily set aside if a greater good or lesser evil is served by doing so. This workshop will explore our personal ethics and how these impact our compliance to our professional ethical code.

Presenter will guide participants through a worksheet creating their own personal ethics. Presenter will then explore the tenets of the CPC in conjunction with interpreting scenarios in which participants may find themselves. Discussion and questions will help participants identify which code they are most apt to follow in conflicting situations and where there is dissonance between personal and professional ethics. Once revealed, participants can practice how to blend these ethical views in an effective and professional expression in their work.


The movie is presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with English subtitles.

The movie is not yet rated. 

Ticket Price: $10.00

Tickets may be purchased in advance at DeafConnect of the Mid-South by cash or credit card.  If you use a credit card there is an additional $3.00 processing fee.

No food or drinks allowed.

Hosted by the Tennessee Association of the Deaf


Presented by: Paula D. Browning, RID, CSC, NIC Advanced, NAD IV, EIPA 4.7

.4 RID Professional Studies CEUs available

In the history of professional interpreting, it was not until the mid-1970s that the idea of team interpreting took hold. Mental fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome, and too many hours of work contributed to a revolutionary concept of working in teams for assignments longer than an hour and a half. Then studies were done to validate the rightness of teaming. Work was enhanced, interpreters bodies did not wear out as quickly as they had been, and consumers were provided more accurate access. Now teaming is taken for granted as a normal way of working.
This workshop will focus on the whys and the hows of doing effective teaming. Participants will be exposed to the rationale of working with a team of one or more colleagues on an assignment. Situations will be discussed on when teaming is required, how teams interact, and what makes an effective teaming experience. Scenarios will be explored on professional behaviors among teams and the ramifications of ineffective teaming.
Presenter will present foundational information and guide participants in teaming situations through discussion, scenarios, and role playing.


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

Nancy O'Donnell, Director of Outreach for the Usher Syndrome Coalition, and Nilam Agrawal, USH Ambassador and mother of two children with Usher syndrome, will provide an overview/update of Usher syndrome; general implications for working with students with Usher syndrome; and a Mom's insights as she guides her children through remote learning.

PRESENTER: Nancy O’Donnell and Nilam Agrawal

Please Register by NOON EASTERN day of Presentation 

REGISTER HERE: https://uky.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ilHEOxsZQLKwNHAt_0YiWw