The 4 E's of Raising a Deaf or Hard of Hearing Child: Expose, Educate, Embrace, and Elevate

Families will learn about different concepts and how they tie into how families can elevate their deaf or hard of hearing child’s language.

We know that the earlier families expose themselves to what is out there to support their deaf or hard of hearing child’s language growth and success, the less risks of language deprivation that child has. It is also critical that families are exposed to what myths are out there about deaf and hard of hearing children and language.

After families acquire this knowledge, they need to be directed to evidence-based practices. With an understanding of the evidence, they can critically analyze the research studies and then educate themselves on how to advocate for their deaf or hard of hearing child to ensure the education their child receives is the best possible option.

Families need to ensure the educational planning their deaf or hard of hearing child receives is exemplary. Through their parenting journey, families will embrace their deaf or hard of hearing child’s identity by connecting with other deaf or hard of hearing adults to learn and understand what their child may grow up to be and how language is a factor in self-identity and development.

During the workshop, these messages will be expanded on by including evidence-based Clerc Center resources that will support the families’ affirmation in elevating their deaf or hard of hearing child’s language. There will be opportunities for families to write down their thoughts on what they can do to ensure they have all the E’s to elevate their deaf or hard of hearing child’s language.

The first TEN Memphis families with children identified with hearing concerns are eligible for:

• No Registration Fee: All families driving from the Memphis-Area to Jackson will NOT PAY the registration fee.

• Gas Cards Available: a limited number of families will be given $25.00 gas cards. They must pick up the cards in person at the Jackson event.

• Write GAS CARD on the registration form or they can send an email to Brenda Lindsay ( saying they want a gas card.

• Families will need to register immediately to attend the WTSD Family Learning Day in Jackson.

*Due to the cancellation of the Memphis Family Learning Day (July 13) TSD Parent Outreach is providing an alternative.


Please click on the website link below for full convention information.

Join us for an experience to remember where you will meet other people with hearing loss, learn in the most communication accessible environment and enjoy the sights of Rochester: a world of art, theater, music, photography, history, nature and play! Registration for HLAA2019 to open soon. In the meantime, take a look at the video below for a glimpse of all the beauty that is Rochester, New York! Registration to open December 1.

Hyatt Regency Rochester
The HLAA room block at the Hyatt Regency Rochester is open! Simply go to the reservation site, select your arrival and departure dates and you’ll be on your way before you know it! See more details on the Hotel/Travel page.

Rebecca Alexander, Keynote Speaker
Rebecca Alexander is a psychotherapist, disability rights advocate, group fitness instructor, and extreme athlete. She is also the author of Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found. Born with a rare genetic disorder called Usher syndrome type III, Rebecca has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a teenager. She was told that by age 30, she’d be completely blind. Then, at 19, one year after a fall from a second-story window left her athletic body completely shattered, she discovered she would lose her hearing as well. Despite these difficulties, Rebecca refused to lose her drive and zest for life and rose above and beyond every challenge she has faced.

Now, with only 10 degrees of vision and significantly deteriorated hearing, Rebecca is a flourishing full-time psychotherapist with two master’s degrees from Columbia University in Public Health and Clinical Social Work. Rebecca received post-graduate training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia and her psychodynamic psychotherapy training from the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. Rebecca is also certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and is fluent in American Sign Language and Tactile Sign Language. Rebecca works with individuals, couples, and families, specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, grief, loss, and disability. She is also an athlete who teaches indoor cycling, HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes, and regularly competes in extreme endurance races. Most notably, she climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, swam from Alcatraz to shore in the San Francisco Bay, participated in the 600-mile San Francisco to Los Angeles AIDS Lifecycle ride, and regularly competes in the Civilian Military Combine (CMC) for extreme athletes.

Additionally, Rebecca travels around the country on a regular basis, speaking at corporate and nonprofit events across the globe. Rebecca has been featured in an array of media outlets including The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Morning Joe, The Daily Rundown, One-On-One with Steve Adubato, Megyn Kelly TODAY, The Dr Oz Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, The New York Times, Huffington Post, New York Post, USA Today, ABC News, NBC News, Fox News, ESPN, People, Shape Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour magazine, Glamour UK, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Mail, Mercury News and various others. Rebecca has been honored with numerous awards including the American Foundation for the Blind Helen Keller Achievement Award, The Disability Rights Advocates’ Eagle Award, NO LIMITS for Deaf Children Spirit of Leadership award, and the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial Award.

Come hear Rebecca talk about her inspiring journey at the Opening Session on Thursday, June 20 at 9 a.m.

Exhibit Hall
It’s not everyday that you can experience the latest technology and services for people with hearing loss under one roof! The hall is open for free to the public – just pick up a badge at the Convention Registration Desk.

Research Symposium, The Latest on Genetics and Hearing Loss
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from world-renowned geneticists who will present the latest research on hearing loss that occurs later in life, and what can be done for families who have inherited the gene. In a rapidly-moving field, much has been accomplished since the last symposium on genetics in 1999. There will also be a Genetics track for workshops that will feature families with known and perceived genetic hearing loss, talking about their experiences, genetic counseling and more.

New Year, New Symposium Format
We are shaking things up next year! Beginning in 2019, the Research Symposium will be two hours with the moderator presenting a 20-minute account of why the topic is relevant to people with hearing loss. The introductory talk will lay the groundwork for the science that will be presented. After a break, the program will move on to three presentations of 20 minutes each followed by a ten-minute Q&A.

Check out the Research Symposium page for more information.

Special Events
State and Chapter Awards Ceremony & Reception
Wednesday, June 19
The HLAA State and Chapters are the foundation of HLAA. This ceremony, on Wednesday evening, will highlight those people who have worked tirelessly in their communities to help others with hearing loss. Light fare and refreshments will be available during the State and Chapter Awards Ceremony & Reception.

Get Acquainted Party
Thursday, June 20
An annual tradition, the opening night GAP is always so much fun. See old friends, meet some new friends, and enjoy some refreshments. You don’t want to miss this so be sure to RSVP for this event on your registration. It is included in the General Package.

Additional Information on the HLAA website.  Click here.



Holiday Inn: Knoxville West - Cedar Bluff Rd

9134 Executive Park Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37923

We have a group rate of $115.00 per night.  You can make your reservations one of two ways:

(this information is from the hotel)

Option 1:

Call the hotel directly at 865-342-3420
Make your reservation using the group block "TN Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf"

Option 2:

Use the group booking link:  TRID Growing Together 2019
Fill in your stay dates April 26-28, 2019
Hit the green submit button, this will take you to the page that shows the option to book the double rooms and gives you the group rate of $115.00 per night.
Continue making your reservation on line by inputting your information and confirming
You will receive a confirmation email once completed with your confirmation number for your records

TRID Growing Together 2019


Anna McDuffie, B.S., CI & CT, NIC, SC: L

A native of Atlanta, graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Interpreting for the Deaf. After graduation, she moved to Boston where she worked as a staff interpreter at the Learning Center for Deaf Children, a bilingual/bicultural school for the Deaf. She also worked part time at Boston University as an interpreter for various graduate programs. Anna returned to Atlanta in 1999 and has been working as a freelance interpreter for the past 19 years. She earned a Certificate of Interpretation and Certificate of Transliteration from RID in 1999, the Specialist Certificate: Legal from RID in 2008 and the National Interpreter Certification from RID in 2011. Anna began teaching medical interpreting workshops along with her co-presenter, Heather Brown, in 2008 and is very passionate about standardizing best practices for medical and legal interpreting. Additionally, they published an article in a nationally peer reviewed medical journal entitled Health Care Providers and the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Journal of the American Association of Physician Assistants in January of 2011. She also teaches workshops on legal interpreting.  Anna currently lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband, Eric. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her step-daughter, Cece, her fur kids, Lola and Pippa, traveling, and playing tennis.

Other presenters to be announced.



BETHANY GEHMAN of Sex Education in ASL (on Facebook)

October 19, 2018 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday night: Unpacking Sexuality: Bringing Unconscious Bias to the Forefront

October 20, 2018 - 8:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm - 4:00pm:
Saturday morning: Interpreting for LGBTQIA+ clients
Saturday afternoon: Interpreting in Sexual Health Care Settings


REGAN THIBODEAU of ASL Flash (on Facebook)


Click here to reserve your room, our group code is TNR

You can get these rates from October 19 - 21, 2018


Hosted by Deaf Church Murfreesboro (DCM) 

Strengthen your Church Acts 14:21-23

They will have TBCD speaker: Philip Easterling, NC

Friday, January 26 - 6:30 pm Registration ($20 Deadline: 1/15/18)

7:00 - 9:00 Worship

Saturday, January 27 -

9:00 am to 11:00 am - Bible Study

11:30 am to 12:30 pm - Lunch Provided

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Report & Prayer for Deaf Churches

Sunday, January 28

10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Worship

Registration form due on January 15, 2018

Payment to: Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church

Attention: Susan Marshall

7777 Concord Rd. Brentwood, TN. 37027


The workshops and lunch are free to attend!  If you need CEUs - Members pay only half price $50.00; non-Members pay only at cost $100.00.

*NOTE:  TRID will recognize membership in good standing with other RID Affiliate Chapters*


FRIDAY: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Registration 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Workshop  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reviewing information from RID’s Lead Together 2017 National Conference - Presenters: Will White, Heather White, Brenda Sellers, Megan Potts and Elise Turner

This workshop seeks to provide a synopsis of some of the information that was shared at RID’s Lead Together 2017 National Conference. Topics to include what members expect from TRID, Power and Privilege, and the importance of member focused leadership.

SATURDAY:  8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Workshops 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (Choice of 2 tracks)

Healthcare Interpreting - A Body Systems Approach - Digestive System - Presenter Stephanie Winslow

* Digestive system

-       Identify the organs, structure and function within the digestive system
-       Analyze a native signing model demonstrate a description of the digestive system
-       Copy and internalize the signed features demonstrated by the signing model
-       Watch a signing model sign a description of the disease and, in small groups, develop a signed description of GERD.
-       As a small group, develop text-to-sign interpretation of a patient information guide related to colonoscopy procedures.
-       As a small group, develop an interpretation of signed-to-voice work
-       As a small group, develop an interpretation in voiced-to-sign work

Are you full? Managing Your Processing Capacity - Presenter Chris McGaha

What happens when our brains have trouble handling all the information coming in- whats really going on? How do we manage the source language and produce an equivalent message? Interpreters will discuss the components at the Effort model of interpreting and how we can manage our processing capacity so as to become more effective in our interpreting. Language Availability and Message Equivalence will be discussed in relation to the work as well as what potentially causes our processing to slow down.

Members Meeting/Luncheon 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Workshops 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm (Choice of 2 tracks)

Healthcare Interpreting - A Body Systems Approach - Endocrine System - Presenter Stephanie Winslow

* Endocrine System

-       Identify the organs, structure and function within the endocrine system
-       Analyze a native signing model demonstrate a description of the structures that comprise the endocrine system.
-       Copy and internalize the signed features demonstrated by the signing model
-       Watch a signing model sign a description of the disease and, in small groups, develop a signed description of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
-       As a small group, develop text-to-sign interpretation of a patient information guide related to diabetes.

Note: No participant will be “put on the hot seat”. All work products will be the result of collaborative work and group consensus. Individuals may volunteer to contribute, but the culture of this workshop will be positive, supportive and focused on a growth process.  Native signers will be shown as language models through video and/or in-person.

Mentoring: An Investment in our Profession - Presenter Chris McGaha

During this workshop, participants will discuss a working definition of mentoring and why it is vital to our profession and our consumers. We will walk through the stages of mentoring based on other highly skilled professions and how they might apply to the interpreting profession. Peer networking, developmental networks and ethical mentoring will be discussed and applied. Participants will collaborate on developing a professional development plan and practice plan.


Here is our online booking link:

You clink on the link, put in your dates & the group code will pop up in the bottom right corner, then click check availability.  Of course you may still call the hotel direct if you'd like and give them the group code TRI.

Holiday Inn:  615-751-5300


- I don't need CEUs
- I need CEUs and I am an Affiliate Chapter Member - CEUs for Both Friday and Saturday – $50.00
- I am a member of TRID or another state and would like to earn CEUs for BOTH Friday and Saturday.
- I need CEUs but am not an Affiliate Chapter Member - CEUs for Both Friday and Saturday – $100.00
- I am not an Affiliate Chapter Member (of any state) but I would like CEUs for the whole weekend.


A total of 1.0 CEUs (PS) offered! 


It can be register online go link also there are meal plan and payment online.


Save the Date!

Knoxville, TN

More info to follow!


Please see attached flyer or website for further information.