Parent Programs


Take your ASL skills to the next level
The ASL Weekend is a unique two-day event for parents, professionals, and kids 16 years old and older. Get personalized instruction and meaningful practice to help you sign with confidence.
All levels and abilities are welcome!

Saturday, April 18, 2020
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 19, 2020
8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Reading and Literacy
Numbers and Counting
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) signs
Taboo signs
Sports signs
$200 per person – Includes two full days of instruction and a light breakfast and lunch both days.
There are a limited number of scholarships for ASDC members. Apply here.


Looking forward to seeing you there!

For families and children with hearing concerns!

The story time is part of the Williamson County Public Library System.

There is no fee for this opportunity.


Songs, Finger Plays, and special manipulatives for the children.

Story will be read aloud in English and available in American Sign Language as requested.



Tracy Duncan –

865-320-3754 (mobile)



Rescheduled to February 28-29, 2020!

Parents of children who are deaf and hard of hearing will come together with Professionals who provide services for them to focus on the emotional journey. Parents will gain resources to help them better navigate the journey and systems of services. Professionals will gain a deeper sensitivity of the emotional journey and how to change their own culture of communicating information to families. Please note: this is a child-free event!


Early Bird Registration is open October 15, 2019 - December 15, 2019. Enjoy discounted registration fees if registering during this time. All registration fees will increase to full/regular prices on December 16, 2019.


Moms have a very important role in their child's life. Moms of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children share a unique expereince in parenting and supporting their development. We invite you to come for a relaxing evening with an amazing group of Supermoms! Come to build relationships and share experiences. Leave feeling confident and encouraged.



Statewide Outreach Workshop for Families, Professionals, and Community Members

The Importance of Family Involvement

Keynote Speaker: JoAnn Bennfield, Director

Gallaudet University Resource Center - South


Tennessee Schools for the Deaf - Nashville / Tennessee School for the Blind campus
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37211


Saturday, November 9, 2019  - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


8:00 – 10:00 – Onsite Registration
9:00 – 10:00 – TSDN Open House – Kim Baggett – light refreshments
10:00 – 11:00 – TSD’s Bilingual Education (approach / philosophy)
11:00 – 12:30 – TSD Bilingual –  ASL & English  – JoAnn Benfield – Importance of Family Involvement
12:30 – 1:15 – Reception – light refreshments / bring your own lunch
12:30 – 1:00 - 2020 Statewide Workshop – Stakeholders meeting (Board Room)
1:30 – 2:30 – Breakout sessions:

  • TN Hands & Voices – Parents / Professionals
  • Vanderbilt Deaf Ed. – Dana Kann – IEPs for families
  • Vanderbilt – Mama Lere Hearing School – Listening Spoken Language
  • TN Deaf-Blind Project – Danna Conn

There is no child care.



For families with children experiencing hearing concerns

Come and celebrate going back to school!

Join us for grilled hotdog lunch. Let’s get to know each other!

Children will play and families will socialize.

*Games *Bubbles *Story *Free backpack with school supplies *Community Resources for families

Old Fort Park is a 50-acre SHADY community park. Pavilion & grill, Kids' Castle Playground, Open Play Space.
Jointly sponsored by: 0-5 Parent Outreach, Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Family Voices of TN - P.E.A. R.S., Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Murfreesboro Deaf Church, TN Relay Service / Sprint, TN Schools for the Deaf, VUMC & Mama Lere Hearing School
RSVP before 10.23.19


Play Date! Come and Play Together!!

Learn about the Toddler Learning Center program at TSDN

Social time with other children

Meet other parents

Story telling strategies

Light snacks

Child-care volunteers available

Response Required by September 12: or 865-320-3754


Just for families and children with hearing concerns!

Songs, Puppets, Friends, & Stories and special manipulatives for those children needing full access to information and language

The story time is part of the Public Library System - Linebaugh Branch.

Fall is for Friends by S. Spafford

Fall by Julie Murray

Story will be told in American Sign Language and English

There is no fee for this opportunity.

Please RSVP to Tracy Duncan before September 12th at t.duncan@tsdeaf.or or 865-320-3754


0-5 Parent Outreach and Partnership Services for Family, Children, and Adults are excited to bring to the Chattanooga area our Ready, Set, Learn! parent workshop for literacy development and language acquisition for our children. Any parent/caregiver of a child ages 0-5 with a hearing concern is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Space is limited so please register at the following link: 

We hope to have free childcare but will let you know if we are able to. There is a question about it on the survey (link) so that will help us plan as well. Please let us know if you need childcare in order to attend.

Each family will take home the kit with 6 books, toys, and activities to do at home!

 (we have the room until 12:30 if needed)





Please join the online parent get-togethers this fall! We call this COFFEE BREAK.

The event meets online once a month using ZOOM. It is very informal and relaxed – just an easy conversation. Families often have questions they might ask. Below is a sample agenda, possible dates August – December, and speakers – topics.

These get-togethers take place online using ZOOM. You use your home device with a mic and camera.
ZOOM is free to install on your device. Visit to sign-up for a personal account.

The parent get-together is made-up of two parts:
• Guest Speaker: a brief chat, 20+ minutes
• Communication & Conversation: 20+ minutes

A sample agenda looks like this:
7:00 – 7:05 Greeting
7:05 – 7:30 Guest or Communication Skills
7:30 – 7:55 Guest or Communication Skills
7:55 – 8:00 Conclusion

Parent Get -Togethers Scheduled Thursdays at 7:00 PM CST

8.20 Donice Kaufman TN EARS - Emergency Alert Resources System for the Deaf

Coomunication Skills - Meaningful Safety & Emergency Vocabulary

9.10 Jenny Williams SibShops and TN Hands & Voices – Advocacy and Support

Communication Skills - Meaningful Positive Behavior Vocabulary

9.24 Carrie Crittendon Educational Audiology

Communication skills: Developing auditory attention

10.22 Paula Wagner Local Education Agency Outreach - LEA

Communication skills - Developing visual attention

11.19 Tonya Bowman Health care resources: Federal, State, Local

Communication Skills - Meaningful Medical & Health Vocabulary

12.3 Brenda Boaz-Pond LSDHH - Reading to My Child - demonstration

Communication Skills - Meaningful Story Conversation Vocabulary


Interested? Receive a notification and join the Coffee Break meetings YOU want to attend.

Contact Tracy Duncan to add your email to the notification list.

Sign-up on or before August 13th.

Notifications are sent one week before the get-together is scheduled.