You and your family are invited to a Play Date for children birth to four with Hearing Concerns.

Time: 9:30 – 11:00 (come when you can!)

Tentative Schedule for the Children

Time Activity
9:30 Free Play while everyone arrives
9:45 Story Teller with special characters
10:00 Outdoor play – weather permitting
10:15 Games: Duck-Duck-Goose, Mulberry Bush, Popping bubbles, hide ‘n seek
10:40 Healthy Snacks
11:00 So long, so good to meet you!

The children will have access to lots of toys, opportunities to play outside, enjoy a story with special characters, and a healthy snack.

Family members can meet each other, enjoy the children, take a tour of the Tennessee School for the Deaf – Nashville campus, and meet a few teachers and staff members.

Please reply on or before March 16, 2019. We want to make this visit really special and need to make plans in advance.


Hands & Voices Family Leadership in Language and Learning (FL3)'s goal is to ensure that EHDI programs, supported by federal funding in the United States, use research-based concepts known to support families, parents, and caregivers of deaf or hard of hearing infants, toddlers, and young children identified through newborn hearing screening. We want what you want: for "our children" to reach optimal language, literacy, and social-emotional development.


     Participate from the comfort of your home at your own pace and on your own schedule.

  • View 3 learning videos any time between March 10-13, 2019
  • Meet and interact online with other family members who also have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing
  • Join a live Q&A session with presenters and family members on March 13 at 6:30 PM (ET)/5:30 PM (CT)/4:30 PM (MT)/3:30 PM (PT)


  • Early language acquisition experts from the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, a national center that provides resources to families and professionals to support raising a deaf or hard of hearing child
  • Experienced parent leaders from the family-based organization Hands & Voices in conjunction with FL3
  • Linguistic and language experts from Gallaudet University, the only liberal arts university in the world specifically for deaf and hard of hearing students


  • Considerations for accessing and acquiring spoken English
  • How American Sign Language can provide visual access to a full language that can benefit all babies regardless of their hearing ability
  • What language access means for your child and family

Click Here to Register

The Clerc Center, in a partnership effort with Hands & Voices, is hosting this FL3 online learning community event.


Free Opportunity
Statewide 0-5 Parent Outreach – Serving Families and Children (0-5) Identified with Hearing Concerns
Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Unilateral, Mild, Deaf-Blind, Auditory Neuropathy, etc.

Come have fun at the Mt. Juliet Library for story time!

Join other families and their young children for a story with manipulatives, visual supports, participate in finger play songs, and enjoy movement activities while focusing on letters and numbers.



Designed for families to learn ASL with their very young child (birth-to-five years old). The purpose is to practice ASL in their daily routines at home with their very young children.

This is an online class. Particpants will need a computer or smart phone, access to highspeed internet, and ability to use media players on their computer or home device. Some families may access everything they need at their local library.

The classes are FREE for families with young children who are deaf / hard of hearing.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 10:00 - 12:30 - The first class is held at a location best for the participants. The first class meets for about three hours and includes childcare and a meal.

TUESDAYS: FEBRUARY 12, 19, 26  MARCH 12, 19

Tuesday classtimes will be decided by the participants. Classes are held online. Each class is one hour.
The next 5 classes are one hour once a week at your home. Each class meets online using ZOOM a free teleconferencing app.

You will meet a variety of other parents and adults who are deaf / hard of hearing online. An Interpreter for the Deaf is available as needed.


Often times in K-12 settings, when faced with a situation that crosses a boundary, interpreters will use ASL signs like BACK-OUT (of a situation), DRAW-THE-LINE (between me and the consumer), THINK-SELF ("It's up to you.") and NOT-MY-BUSINESS.  Yet, when talking about necessities of educational settings, these very same interpreters will assert how critical it is to create rapports with Deaf student(s) and hearing consumers. These two seemingly contradictory views leave the educational interpreter in a quandary. What then, is the balance between establishing healthy relationships and keeping your distance in the classroom setting? Where should interpreters draw the line? What kind of line should be drawn? This FREE four-hour workshop will explore this issue and offer possible solutions through a synthesis of research and first-person experiences/responses.

PRESENTER: Richard Brumberg, CI/CT, NIC


To register, please send an email to

* Interpreters for the Deaf will be available if requested by 2/5/19

.4 RID CEUs at the "Some" Content Knowledge Level. This workshop is appropriate for working interpreters and interpreting students.

Sponsored by the Southeast Interpreters' Network and Partnership Services for the Deaf


TRI-CITIES!: READY, SET, LEARN! is coming your way!

Sponsored by: 0-5 Parent Outreach with the Comprehensive Educational Resource Center located at the Tennessee School for the Deaf is coming to your area!

We are bringing our next Literacy Workshop (Ready, Set, Learn!) for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children ages 0-5, identified with any hearing concerns to the TRI-CITIES AREA.

Parents, grandparents, and caregivers will learn strategies for reading with their child using different communication options, understand the importance of language development/communication with their child, meet other families, and meet with teachers of the deaf.

The workshop is free! Child care and refreshments are provided as well.

Each family will receive a box with 5 books, toys, and materials to take home!

The flyer is attached.

Please RSVP at

*Space is limited!*

Please contact Alisa Weeks with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!





• Education Plans - IEPs and 504 Plans
• Educational services and accommodations
• How to advocate for your child

Childcare provided in the same building, for children over the age of 2 years.

To register, email Kate Carney at:
with the names of the attendees
(including children) and the ages of any
children who will need child care.

In the case of inclement weather, you will be contacted by email about a change of date for the conference.


Architecture Tour with ASL Interpretation
4:30 p.m.
Meet in the Frist Center’s Grand Lobby


Coming downtown to the First Saturday Art Crawl? Then start your evening at the Frist.

“When was the Frist Center built? Who was the architect? Can you tell me about the floors in the galleries?” These are just some of the questions answered in the Frist Center’s popular architecture tours. Stroll around the Frist Center as you learn more about our landmark building from one of our always-engaging docents.

Certified American Sign Language interpreters will be available for this tour. No advance reservation is required.

ASL interpretation is generously supported by Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities. Architecture tours are sponsored by Messer Construction.


Docent-Guided Exhibition Tour with ASL Interpretation
1:30 p.m.
Meet at the Frist Center’s Information Desk

Gallery admission required. See for admission prices. 

On the first Saturday of each month, certified American Sign Language interpreters will be available for this informal docent-guided exhibition tour. Frist Center visitors may join these tours without a reservation Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m. as available and on some weekends. Our docent-guided walk-up tours focus on one of the current exhibitions and require gallery admission. All tours will originate at the Information Desk just inside the entrance to our galleries on the first floor.

Our Visitor Services staff can advise visitors as to the availability of tours each day. Or, call 615.744.3247 for advance schedule information.

ASL interpretation is generously supported by Bridges, a Nashville-area nonprofit resource for deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities.


We invite our community to join us for a Job Readiness Workshop!
This practical, hands-on workshop will provide job seekers with:

  • the tools to discover their realized and unrealized skill sets
  • information about setting career goals
  • marketing tips how make to make the best impression with potential employers

For Information & to RSVP, please contact:
Empowerment Manager Shante’ Perry
VP: 615-649-0605 | E-mail:
Please RSVP by November 8th
CART services provided on request by RSVP deadline