Join #BridgesWEST for Drive-In BINGO on Saturday, June 26th from 4pm to 6pm in Memphis, TN. Hope to see you there! #GameDay #Community


Mark your calendars! DeafConnect's Family Reunion will be held at Marquette Park this year. We can't wait to see you there!



TIME:  2:00PM - 3:30PM EDT / 1:00PM - 2:30 CDT

Literacy Activities for...

  • Families with children 3 – 5 years of age
  • First 5 families to register will be prioritized; waiting list for all other families
  • Encourage language development and literacy
  • One kit per family

REGISTER HERE:  https://www.tsdeaf.org/apps/form/ready_set_learn_literacyworkshop



FREE 3-DAY WORKSHOP During these challenging times, UCLA Health and No Limits for deaf children are partnering to have a weekend filled with vital resources, essential workshops on hearing loss by experts in the field, and opportunities to connect with other families and build new and long-lasting friendships.   Teachers and Educators Welcomed! Captions and Spanish translation available.

Friday, June 18
5pm to 7pm Pacific Time/ 6pm to 8pm Mountain Time/ 7pm to 9pm Central Time / 8pm to 10pm Eastern Time
Welcome and Happy Hour

HOSTS Sandy Alexander, SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT Sr. Speech Pathologist, UCLA Health Dr. Michelle Christie Founder & Executive Director No Limits for deaf children and families

Saturday, June 19
10am to 4pm Pacific Time / 11am to 5pm Mountain Time / 12pm to 6pm Central Time / 1pm to 7pm Eastern Time
Multiple Workshops tailored for families of children with hearing loss of all ages.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Karen Anderson Director of Supporting Success For Children with Hearing Loss


• Sandra Alexander, SLP LSLS, Cert. AVT UCLA Health
• Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A, educational audiologist
• Dr. Michelle Christie, No Limits for deaf children
• Alison Grimes, AuD, Director of Audiology and Newborn Hearing, UCLA Medical Center
• Dr. Ishiyama, Surgeon and professor in UCLA Head & Neck Division, UCLA Medical Center
• Sandy Johnston, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, PASC, Pediatric Account Manager for Oticon, Inc.,
• Valerie Lew, Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, UCLA Speech Pathology Clinic
• Dr. Maura Martindale, Ed.D., LSLS Cert. AVEd., Associate Professor - California Lutheran University
• Dr. Hunter Michael, Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
• Sally Tannenbaum, Consumer Engagement Mgr. MED-EL
• Panel of Teens & Young Adults with Hearing Loss • Panel of Adults with Hearing Loss, including Kathy Buckley

Sunday, June 20
10am to 2pm Pacific Time / 11am - 3pm Mountain Time / 12pm - 4pm Central Time / 1pm - 5pm Eastern Time
Celebrating Father’s Day With Fathers Speaking Out and Building Connections

RVSP: www.ParentConnections.org



On Thursday, June 10th, NCHAM will be hosting the webinar: “Supports and Resources for Implementing Pediatric Tele-Audiology” Presented by: Jeff Hoffman, Bill Campbell and Brandt Culpepper.


The focus on telehealth has increased during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as health professionals seek to provide a wide variety of health services while maintaining social and physical distancing. While tele-audiology has been in existence for several decades, there is currently a renewed interest by audiologists to adopt telehealth strategies for audiologic assessments and services.

The National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) recently completed a tele-audiology project funded by HRSA/MCHB and AMCHP with the goal of assisting audiology facilities that interested in or that are able to begin conducting pediatric audiologic assessments and services remotely.

This workshop will present the historical background of tele-audiology, an overview of the NCHAM tele-audiology project, the survey results of pediatric audiology facilities use of tele-audiology, and strategies to support adoption and provision of tele-audiology. Resources developed for the project include the revised Tele-Audiology Guide, an Introductory Guide, a planning tool and flowchart, five Technical Support sessions, a Remote Hearing Aid Programming Simulation, and a Facebook group.

Learning Objectives:

– List the types of tele-audiology assessments and services

– Identify the factors to be considered to plan and implement tele-audiology

– Locate tele-audiology resources


Jeff Hoffman, MS, CCC-A. Consultant - National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

Jeff Hoffman, MS CCC-A, managed the Tele-Audiology project with the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) at Utah State University. Jeff was the Outreach Coordinator with the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative at NCHAM for seven years and an EHDI Network Consultant for NCHAM for two years. He also served as the program manager for the Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program for six years. Jeff chairs of the Hardin County (Iowa) Board of Health and the Greenbelt Home Care/Public Health. He has served on the board of the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation from 2002-14 and was chair from 2006-12. He also served as president of the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs for State Health and Welfare Agencies in 2008.

Bill Campbell, MCISc. Infant Hearing Consultant

Bill Campbell is a semi-retired Canadian audiologist. Bill has over 20 years of experience as a pediatric audiologist and was the regional coordinator for the Ontario Infant Hearing Program since it’s inception in 2001 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to be active in the field, consulting to various agencies in relation to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs. He remains active in the Ontario Infant Hearing Program as well, providing clinical services on occasion and consulting on program and protocol development. Bill

began researching and implementing remote infant Auditory Brainstem Response assessments through teleaudiology in 2008 and developed practices and protocol in use today.

Brandt Culpepper, PhD, CCC-A. EHDI Team Lead, Georgia Department of Public Health

Dr. Brandt Culpepper is the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Team Lead in the Division of Health Promotion at the Georgia Department of Public Health. She has more than 30 years of experience as pediatric audiologist in academic, medical, and public health settings with a focus on early identification of hearing loss. She currently serves on the board of the Directors of Speech and Hearing Programs for State Health and Welfare Agencies, is a member of the CDC EHDI Outcomes Committee, and is facilitating the expansion of infant hearing assessments through teleaudiology in Georgia.

Webinar start times (by time zone)

· 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

· 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MT

· 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT

· 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Where: Adobe Connect- to register click here.


Download the adobeconnect app.

For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/go/Connectsetup

For Mac: http://www.adobe.com/go/ConnectSetupMac

More download information is found at: https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-downloads-updates.html

Note: If your institution does not permit you to add the above link, you may go to the above URL directly, however, we have been advised that optimal performance is achieved via the app.

Live captioning will also be provided.

This webinar will be recorded and posted online at www.infanthearing.org about a week after the webinar. There are no CEU’s offered for the webinar.

If you have questions about this webinar, please contact Mandy Jay . For technical assistance during the webinar, please contact Daniel Ladner.


This year EII will join in collaboration with TRID to provide virtual workshops specifically on educational interpreting. Monday-Wednesday, TSD Staff, EII participants and TRID members are all welcome. Friday evening June 25 and Saturday June 26, EII will be held in conjunction with TRID’s virtual annual conference.

Summer EII welcomes ASL Story Teller and Performer Dack Virnig and Antwan Campbell Educational Consultant for Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Interpreter Support with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as presenters.



JUNE 25TH (FRIDAY) 6:00PM - 9:30PM EST


Cost:  $35

Deadline for Registration is Friday, June 11, 2021.

Online Registration Form https://www.tsdeaf.org/apps/form/EII_Webinar_2021

EII participants are welcome to attend TRID at no additional charge

TRID members will also be able to participate in the EII workshops at no additional charge.

CEUs pending




6/25 Friday evening, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Antwan Campbell - Educational Interpreting

6/26 Saturday morning, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Business Meeting - Free to attend

6/26 Saturday morning, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm 

Cre Limbeck-Dishaw - Interpreting in Educational Settings

6/26 Saturday afternoon, 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm (times will be confirmed soon)

Dr. Angela Scruggs - Self care

6/26 Saturday afternoon, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Social for those who want
Registration:  https://tennrid.org/event-4334203/Registration
  • Business Meeting Only
  • Conference Registration – $35.00

TIME:  11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT); 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)

There is no charge for the session.

The session will be recorded.

CART and ASL will be provided.

Registration Linkhttps://www.tfaforms.com/4904090

The session will be 90 minutes in length:

·       60 minutes presentation

·       30 minutes Q&A


·       Donna DeStefano, Assistant Executive Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition

·       Brian Keller, Public Policy and Voting Attorney, Disability Rights Tennessee

·       Martie Lafferty, Director of the Accessibility Project, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center

·       Sherry Wilds, Assistant Legal Director and Director of Pro Bono Services & Legal Interns, Disability Rights Tennessee


Will include:

·       ADA General Concepts and Applicability of Tennessee’s 2020 crisis standards of care

·       Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

·       Accommodations

·       Your Voice is Important

·       Resources on ADA and COVID-19


Join us June 24-26 to learn the latest about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. This three-day event includes a research symposium on Hearing Care for All, and robust workshops on advances in hearing aids, accessibility through mobile devices, hearing access in the workplace and more.

Register Today for Best Rates for HLAA Virtual Convention 2021!

  • Early-bird registration will be $35 through June 15
  • Beginning June 16, registration will be $45



Schedule at a Glance:

  • An interactive Exhibit Hall where participants can view products and chat with informed representatives.
  • Happy Hour Meet and Greet: where you will be entertained, inspired and have the chance to connect with other participants.
Thursday, June 24 Welcome Session

Learn more about what’s to come during the convention.
3 – 3:20 p.m. ET

Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission

Wireless Accessibility: Finding Mobile Devices and Features that Work for You

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Shellie Blakeney, Director of Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile
Ian Dillner, Associate General Counsel, Verizon Media
Robert Kubik, Senior Director, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics
Sarah Leggin, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA


Happy Hour Meet and Greet

4:45 – 6 p.m. ET
Where you will be entertained, inspired and have the chance to connect with other participants.

Friday, June 25 Hearing Aids: Over-the-counter (OTC), Direct-to-consumer (DTC) and Connectivity

3 – 4 p.m. ET

Thomas A. Powers, Ph.D., Managing Member, Powers Consulting LLC

Exhibit Hall Open

4:15 – 5:30 p.m. ET

The Latest in Digital Inclusion Technologies

5:45 – 6:45 p.m. ET

Larry Goldberg, Senior Director and Head of Accessibility, Verizon Media 

Saturday, June 26 Research Symposium and Q&A

Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET

Susan Emmett, M.D., M.P.H., Tele-audiology and Hearing Care in Alaska
Nicole Marrone, Ph.D., CCC-A, Community Health Workers and Hearing Care at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Carrie Nieman, M.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, HEARS Peer Educators in Action: Older Adults Serving Older Adults

Exhibit Hall Open

1:45 – 3 p.m. ET

Communication Access in Health Care

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. ET

Peggy Ellertsen, Member, Management Board, Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation and Contributor, HLAA Communication Access in Health Care 
Toni Iacolucci, Contributor, HLAA Communication Access in Health Care Program and Member, Advisory Board, INTERACT Trial
Elaine McCaffrey, Chair Communication Access in Health Care Program and Member, HLAA Board of Directors 
Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., Ph.D., RN/GNP-BC, Professor, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing 

The Promise of Next-Generation Bluetooth® LE Audio Connectivity

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Linda Kozma-Spytek, Senior Research Audiologist, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
Chuck Sabin, Senior Director, Market Development, Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Inc.

2021 HLAA Research Symposium

Hearing Care for All: Innovations in Extending the Reach of Hearing Care 

Saturday, June 26, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET

HLAA Research Symposia have been held annually at HLAA Conventions since 1994. The sessions cover cutting-edge scientific findings relevant to adult hearing loss. The symposia are unique because they are geared toward educating the lay audience of people with hearing loss about research. The 2021 Research Symposium is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).



June 24-26, 2021

This year’s topics include wireless accessibility and your devices, what you need to know about hearing aids, the workplace and the latest in digital inclusion technologies, communication access in health care and the next generation of Bluetooth connectivity.



TIME:  2:30pm - 4:00pm (EDT); 1:30pm - 3:00pm (CDT) - This presentation will be repeated on May 19th at the same time.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Todd Houston

REGISTER HERE:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q8WJrby4TEOqrXCRG-aBBg

Parents play a vital role as the primary language facilitators for their children with disabilities. Perspectives on parenting roles, especially fathers, continue to evolve. For children with speech and language delays, parents have tremendous responsibility to implement communication strategies in the home. However, this isn’t always the case. This session will explore strategies to foster greater parent participation and support for learning and communication outcomes in children with hearing loss and other diagnoses.

K. Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, College of Health and Human Sciences, at the University of Akron. He also serves as a speech-language pathologist and Listening & Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (Cert. AVT) for the Cochlear Implant Program in the ENT Center at Akron Children’s Hospital.

For more than 25 years, his professional focus has been serving young children with hearing loss and their families who are learning to listen and acquire spoken language as well as providing aural rehabilitation to adults with hearing loss. Over the past decade, Dr. Houston has incorporated telepractice into his service delivery and continues to provide direct services each week, both in-person and through telepractice, to young children with hearing loss and their families.

He has produced three recent books through Plural Publishing: Telepractice In Speech-Language Pathology (2014), Assessing Listening and Spoken Language in Children with Hearing Loss (with Dr. Tamala Bradham, 2015), and Telerpactice In Audiology (with Dr. Emma Rushbrooke, 2016).
In addition, Dr. Houston is a founding partner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 3C Digital Media Network and hosts the podcast, The Listening Brain, and cohosts, with Kim Dutro Allen, the podcast, Telepractice Today. The 3C Digital Media Network is a digital media company that produces innovative content for allied health and related professionals. The company was co-founded with Scott Palasik, PhD, and Tamala S. Bradham, PhD.

For more information or questions please contact Robert Hill, Statewide Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consultant at 803-896-4462 or rhill@scsdb.org Join the SC Statewide Deaf & Hard of Hearing Educational Partnership Virtual via Zoom Click Here to Register Or contact Trent Tedder @ 803-896-8931 or trtedder@scsdb.org