Children Programs

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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.

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Visitors of all abilities will go wild for a free day at the Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park during the 10th Annual Go!Fest!

Guests are treated to a free day at the zoo for people of all ages and abilities.  This is an event that celebrates the accessibility of the city, and takes away the stigma of being disabled.  It is an opportunity for people of all abilities to meet, greet, and play together.  Along with being able to see and interact with the animals in the zoo, there will be adaptive athletics, including wheelchair basketball and cycling, live music and helicopter landings. Animal attractions and interactions abound, but breaking boundaries and increasing disability awareness are at the heart of Go!Fest, which also will showcase activities, entertainment and information from various social service agencies and other civic-minded groups, businesses and institutions.

Go!Fest is part of an initiative created to help make Chattanooga more accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability.

The Chattanooga Zoo is located at 1254 East 3rd Street.  For directions, call: 423-697-1322.

For more information about Go!Fest please contact the Mayor's Office at 423-425-7800 or email Phillip Stevens at Stevens_P@Chattanooga.gov.

**The Chattanooga Tennessee Organization of the Deaf-Blind (TODB) group will have a booth set up at Go!Fest again this year.

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What will happen:  
We will eat pizza for lunch at 12:00. Activities range from the playground, taking a ride on their bikes, playing ball in the field, or taking a stroll around the Riverpark. 

Who is invited:
Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, their families, the professionals who serve them, and Deaf or Hard of Hearing adults/mentors.

Food is provided: 
Pizza and Little Debbies will be provided. If you would like to volunteer to bring a pack of drinks, juices, or waters, please let Brandi Groce know when you RSVP.

Please help get the word out to any parents of Deaf and HOH children you may know and encourage them to come and meet other children and their parents. We are a great group of parents and professionals who enjoy one another, learn from one another, and support one another without bias! Contact Brandi Groce with any questions. We really look forward to this summer event, and I hope to see you there!

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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

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The StonecutterCome see a production of the popular folk tale, The Stonecutter,  on July 17, 2014 @ 11:00 A.M. in the Children's Theater, Children's Department, 2nd floor of the downtown Nashville Public Library, 615 Church Street.  Presented by Wishing Chair Productions, the library’s resident puppet troupe, the story will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing.  

Parking is available in the Library Parking garage underneath the building from either  6th or 7th Avenue entry and is free with a validated parking pass.

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Vendors from local organizations/programs/businesses will set-up booths in order to provide information and demonstrations for leisure and recreational activities available within the Middle TN area to individuals with disabilities. This event is open to everyone, and it is FREE to attend. Vendors will target various activities for children and adults. The following is a small list of activities that will be involved in the event: arts, music, cooking, horseback riding and sports. Also, local food trucks, “celebrities”, and performers will be present throughout the event. Come out for a day of fun and find a place to get plugged in within your community.

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Please RSVP to Brandi Groce (contact info above)

What will happen:  Children will have an area to play games and interact with each other. Parents will also have some time to get to know one another and the professionals in the group.

Who is this for: Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

What to bring:  Bring snacks or finger foods to share with everyone like chips/dip, cookies, crackers, sandwiches, salsa/chips, meat/cheese tray, veggies or veggie tray, juices, cokes, fruits or fruit tray (with caramel or fruit dip), pickles, etc.

*When you RSVP, please tell me what you can volunteer to bring.

Please get the word out to parents of Deaf and HOH children and encourage them to come and meet other children and their parents. This is a great group of parents and professionals who enjoy one another, and learn from one another, and support one another without bias! Let me know if you have any questions.

We really look forward to this social, and we hope to see each and every one of you there!

We believe “What works for your child is what makes the choice right.” ©

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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will be interpreted and open captioned.  There will also be assistive listening devices available as well.  

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Toy Tech is an annual holiday party for children with disabilities and their friends in which donated toys are adapted and given to children who cannot play with typical toys.  These toys are adapted by volunteers.

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Join us for a day of fun, friends, games, and food! Hot dogs, chips, drinks and desserts will be provided.

Cost: $2 wristband for putt-putt, go-carts, bumper boats, batting cages, and the inside game room.

Sponsored by Evolve Bank & Trust and DeafConnect of the Midsouth