Tennessee Deaf-Blind Project (TNDB) is a federally funded program that provides families, educators, and other professionals with information and training to help improve outcomes for individuals, from birth through age 21, who have a combined hearing and vision loss.

This is a FREE online parent training focusing on the "Role of Interveners in Educational Setting".  It is primarily self-study but hosts are available to provide assistance. There will be several optional video sessions as well. The training will use Module 3 “The Role of Interveners in Educational  Settings” from the Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules. Parents will work at their own pace but commit to 1-2 hours of training each week for 5 weeks. 

Patti McGowan National Family Association for the Deaf and Blind (NFADB) and Peggy Malloy National Center on Deaf Blindness (NCDB) are hosting the training and will provide online support and feedback.

Parents will learn about:

  • The role of interveners
  • The principles of intervention
  • How interveners function as members of student's educational teams

To sign up, use this online registration form (note: if clicking on this link does not work, just copy and paste it into your browser). 



Join us for the second annual FREE all-inclusive retreat opened to all 9th-12th grade students who are deaf and hard or hearing in Tennessee. At the retreat, students will get assistance filling out college applications and job applications as well as learn from successful Deaf/HH adults about their college and work experiences.

The retreat will be held at Camp Hillmont in White Bluff, TN. Transportation is available from Nashville to and from the retreat. Detailed information will be sent August, 2014. Email DHH@starsnashville.org for more information.


Conference Theme:  "Walk with the Deaf Roots." 

Hotel Reservations:  Call (423) 881-3297 (Please tell them it is for the TAD Convention when you make the reservation

Convention Combo Ticket Cost:

By August 31st:  $60-Regular;  $54-Senior Citizen
At the door:  $75-Regular; $67.50-Senior Citizen

Conference Chairperson:  Mariena Terry

TAD Conference Schedule:

2 pm to 5 pm - General meeting
5 pm to 7 pm - Dinner break
7 pm to 10 pm - Workshop

9 am to 12 pm - General meeting and election
12 pm to 1 pm - Lunch break
1 pm to 5 pm - Workshops
5 pm to 7 pm - Dinner break
7 pm to 10 pm - Chris Wagner of National Association of the Deaf,
the Keynote Speaker

9 am to 5 pm - Expo
11:30am to 1:30pm - Picnic at shelter
5 pm to 8 pm - Dinner break
7 pm to 10 pm - Awards and ASL night show


To benefit the Tennessee School for the Deaf Athletic Department, the 2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride for Sports is on June 21!  Bikers or non-bikers are welcome to come & support. Registration begins at TSD at 12:30 pm.  Enjoy a ride around the area with a final destination at Shiloh Brew & Chew Family Restaurant in Maryville, TN with live music and door prizes.  $25 per rider, $10 per passenger.


DeafConnect and MTRID present Dr. Robert Baldwin, Ph.D., a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been professionally trained in mindfulness based stress reduction. Dr. Baldwin works at the Memphis VA Medical Center and also has a private practice.

Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of cultivating nonjudgmental awareness in everyday life. This workshop is based on
the stress reduction program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Mindfulness Meditation has been shown to be
effective for alleviating symptoms of stress and stress-related illnesses, such as anxiety, headaches, depression, cancer, chronic
pain, and more.

In addition to Dr. Baldwin’s presentation, there will be a one hour HIPAA training which is required for any type of medical interpreting.  0.3 CEU PS for the Meditation workshop and 0.1 CEU PS for HIPPA training, only credited once yearly.

Registration $20 (includes light lunch)


Registration is required.

Lodging is limited.
Reserve you spot today!
$25.00 per family of five. 

Saturday events include: parent workshop and childcare; afternoon family activities and socializing with others from across the state.   Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on Saturday and Continental breakfast provided on Sunday.

Event  is held at the TSD Knoxville campus
2725 Island Home Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37920


Participants will be presented with a historical narrative on audism and oppression within the larger context of society. Other topics covered will be Deaf culture, societal privilege, social justice, exploring personal views/biases, discovering common language biases, interpreting roles in and out of an educational setting, ally roles and audism. Participants will be guided through the four levels in Ally development.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to identify the four levels in Ally development.  Participants will be able to outline what the term ally means in conjunction to the Deaf community.  Participants will be able to discuss and identify their own personal views on allies and social justice.

COST  $25

Space is limited to 35 participants.
Please contact ASL Links at asllinksnc@gmail.com with accommodations requests at least 10 days before the event.  
CEUs are sponsored by NCRID. NCRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.
This PS workshop is offered at a total of 0.2 PS CEUs at the “Some” Content Knowledge Level.
This workshop is designed for educational interpreters, community interpreters, and interpreting students. 

Cancellations must be received 10 days prior to the event for a full refund, cancellations received after that time will not be refunded. In the event ASL Links and/or NCRID to cancel the event, full refunds will be issued.

Order tickets via Eventbrite: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/being-an-ally-am-i-friend-or-foe-tickets-10135612891
Payment for this workshop will only be accepted through Eventbrite (please use link above) You must pay in advance through the site to reserve your spot.

Sarah Wheeler has experienced the dangers of a sandstorm in Kuwait, a California earthquake, and skydiving from an airplane, and she never would have imagined that those adrenaline rushes would match what she feels daily when she goes to work as an interpreter. As a child of Deaf parents, she was assimilated to Deaf culture early on. But she continues to be humbled by how much there is to learn about American Sign Language, Deaf culture, and the interpreting process. She is a nationally certified interpreter with a license to interpret in North Carolina.


We are having hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, desserts, and drinks

Kids 11 and under eat free with a paid adult
Drinks: $1.00

Bring your lawn chairs to sit and talk, but walk with us to show our community what ASL is about!

Please come and support our JCTAD Chapter!


This institute is geared to people who are interpreting in Tennessee public schools, grades K - 12.  

The Institute will begin at 2:00 pm on Monday and continue through noon Thursday.  There will be evening sessions on both Monday and Tuesday.  Participants who elect to stay in the cottages at TSD may check in on Monday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.


Small group sessions will cover the following topics:
Sign to Voice Interpreting                             
Ethics of Educational Interpreting                  
Role and Responsibilities     
Appropriate Tutoring for Deaf Students  
Socially Restricted Signs      
Interpreting for Students with Multiple Disabilities          
Interpreting Music
Interpreting Science Class
Interpreting English Class
Individual Feedback
Large group sessions will cover:
“Brain Gym” activities for Deaf Students and Interpreters
Working with Spanish-Speaking Families/Multicultural Issues
Update on Recent Proposed Interpreter Law
Sensory Issues in Deaf Students on the Autism Spectrum

Evening sessions will provide opportunities for interaction with Deaf community members, as well as an Interact performance and TRID reception. 

Transportation costs will be the responsibility of the participants.  (School systems are encouraged to reimburse the participants in accordance with State of Tennessee approved travel regulations.) 

Participants may stay in the cottages at the Tennessee School for the Deaf.  Persons will be assigned on a two-per-room basis (each room has 2 twin beds).  Each bedroom has its own private bathroom.  There will be no cost for this campus housing.  Participants are free to make other arrangements for housing; any associated costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

Continental breakfasts and snacks will be provided each day at no cost to participants.  Lunches are the responsibility of the individual.  An extended time period will be given each day to allow participants to go back to the cottage (participants may use the kitchens) or to go off-campus for lunch.  There are numerous full-service and fast food restaurants within a few miles of TSD. 

Each participant should bring his/her own linen (sheets, pillowcases, towels, blanket, etc.)  Participants will have access to washers and dryers.

Casual dress is encouraged.  Participants should bring a light jacket or sweater, since classes are held in air-conditioned rooms.

Registration and fees
Institute registration is limited due to space constraints.  The completed registration form (including registration fee of $55) must be postmarked no later than May 21, 2014.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

A registration fee of $55.00 is required.  Please send a check or money order made payable to PTCA of TSD (Parent Teacher Counselor Association of the Tennessee School for the Deaf).  Completed registration forms and checks should be mailed to:

Tina Prochaska
Tennessee School for the Deaf
2725 Island Home Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37920