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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series

TIME:  2:30-4pm EASTERN time / 1:30-3pm CENTRAL time

ASL Interpreters Provided

Please register by NOON Eastern Time Day of Presentation

PRESENTER:  Emma Nelson

This presentation will highlight potential benefits of collaborations between the National Deaf-Blind Technical Assistance Network, EHDI programs, and Hands & Voices State Chapters to address critical needs in the areas of early identification of infants and toddlers who are deaf-blind, referral to state deaf-blind projects, and appropriate intervention for infants and toddlers with deaf-blindness. The focus of the presentation will identify common risk factors and etiologies associated with deaf-blindness and highlight the necessity for statewide systems level collaboration between Deaf-Blind Projects, EHDI Programs, Family Organizations such as Hands & Voices State Chapters, and Part C Early Intervention to identify hearing and vision losses and refer for appropriate services as early as possible. Additionally, the presentation will provide examples of emerging state based solutions and present the opportunity for active discussion around possible additional solutions and partnerships to adequately meet the unique needs of this population.

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SE DeafBlind Webinar Series

TIME:  2:30-4pm EASTERN time / 1:30-3pm CENTRAL time

ASL Interpreters Provided

Please register by NOON Eastern Time Day of Presentation


Click Here to Register


Hey all! We hope you're enjoying the summer!

We'll be having our Virtual Chapter Meeting this Saturday (July 11, 2020) at 1:30pm CST (Central Standard Time) via Zoom. To register for the virtual chapter meeting this Saturday please click on the link below (today, tomorrow, or any day before Saturday) as you will need to input your name and email address:… 

After you register, you will receive a ZOOM link (from Karyn Menck) to join the online Virtual Chapter Meeting. Upon receiving this ZOOM link via your email, please keep in mind that the ZOOM link will only work the day of the meeting (Saturday) at exactly 1:30pm (CST). Let us know if you have trouble navigating through this process and we'll be happy to assist you!

Also, watch for your email inbox for our upcoming flyer and newsletter!

Your Board of Directors



A Conference for H&V Chapter Leaders, H&V GBYS and ASTra Programs, Family Based Organizations, Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and the Professionals Who Work with Us

Exciting Leadership Topics!
• Building Cultural Resiliency in a Diverse Community
• Developing Parent Leaders: Where do Professionals Fit in?
• Influence vs Authority: Expanding your Influence to Create Giants of Others
• And more: Leading with joy, homeschooling, mental health, non-profit management, balancing life and leadership…

The Hands & Voices Leadership Conference brings together family leaders from all over the world to develop skills, to receive training on providing leadership to others and to impact local systems. It is the only conference of its kind devoted exclusively to teach family members with children who are deaf or hard of hearing to be effective agents of change.

This conference is an excellent time to network and learn. Please help us build our audience by extending an invitation to a favorite teacher, your EHDI Coordinator, an important school administrator or families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. If you are not involved in specific activities for Hands & Voices, this is still a fantastic conference containing up-to-date information, fascinating conversations, and exploration of content in a new and exciting way.  Please join us!

The H&V Leadership Conference Registration
$395 - Full general conference
$275 - Saturday Only
$275 - Student - full general conference
- Early Bird Ends August 16th, 2021 -
Registration prices increase by $50.00 on August 17th, 2027

*Housing is not included in price.

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY: Refunds will be made to those registrants who cancel, less a $75 processing fee. Written cancellation requests must be received on or before August 16, 2020. No refunds will be made after August 16th, 2020. Substitutions are welcome at no charge. Please EMAIL cancellations to

Please note:  We are closely monitoring the CO-VID 19 Pandemic. As of now, we are planning to have an in-person conference.  We are following state and federal guidelines and recommendations. The safety of our staff, attendees, and conference center employees will be our number one priority. In the event we must cancel an in-person conference due to mandatory state and or federal guidelines the following refund policy will be implemented: Full refund of conference registration fees less a .05 percent processing fee will be implemented. Hands & Voices will only refund the cost of registration. No other travel costs will be refunded by Hands & Voices.

The Leadership Conference runs Friday through Sunday, September 17-19, 2021.
General Registration includes:

Friday 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
(Includes light meal and opening session/activities)

Saturday 7:00 – 4:30 pm sessions
(Includes breakfast.  Lunch available to purchase on-site)

Sunday 7:30 – 12:30 pm sessions
(Includes breakfast)

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Hotel Information--

Special Room Rate Available until August 17th—$139.00 per night

Book your group rate for Hands and Voices Sept 2021

For more conference information please visit the website - link provided below



Theme: "50 and Fabulous: SERID through the Years: The Future is Now"

Conference at a Glance and Registration:

Hotel Information:  Hilton Knoxville


Sponsorship Information:

Interpreters:  Apply Now

Volunteers: Now


Given the opportunity, any child can learn! Active Learning, an innovative approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, focuses on establishing motivating learning environments for children with multiple special needs. Join Ms. Patricia Obrzut, M.S., O.T.R/L., as she provides you with this fresh and pioneering approach. Learn how to increase functional independence and developmental skills while reducing stereotypical, self-injurious or aggressive behaviors. This exciting conference will feature lecture, video and demonstrations. Active Learning equipment and materials will be on display throughout this conference.

What type of learner benefits from an Active Learning approach?
The Active Learning approach can be used in conjunction with other approaches, such as the work of Dr. Jan van Dijk. Though initially this approach was designed for individuals with visual impairments and deaf-blindness, it has proven to be effective with individuals with other significant disabilities, such as autism and cerebral palsy.   The Active Learning approach can be used with individuals with various visual conditions, such as CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) and ONH (Optic Nerve Hypoplasia), as well as with those who are deafblind or medically fragile. To learn more about “Active learning” please check out the link:

Registration for this conference is available on-line at:
There is no registration fee for this event.

Hotel Scholarships are available to families who live more than 50 miles away-
There are a limited number of scholarships available to families who live more than 50 miles from conference location.  These scholarships will cover the cost of one hotel room for up to 2 nights at the Drury Plaza Hotel.  Families members who are interested and have a child on the TN Deaf-Blind Census can request a scholarship by contacting Danna Conn at or 615-936-0262. 

There will be a family gathering on Thursday evening. 
There is no childcare available for this conference.
Please feel free to share with other families and professionals who may be interested.


This webinar is limited to Tennessee K-12 interpreters. Deadline to register is June 10th. Payments will be accepted by check only and due by June 15th. Please address the check to Tennessee School for the Deaf, on the envelope attn: Interpreter Institue and mail to 2725 Island Home Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37920. 

Registration Fee:  $30 (Click on link below for Registration Form)

CEU's - Up to 1.5 RID CEUs - PENDING

June 22: Evening Virtual Social (1 hour)

June 23: Tenses in ASL in the morning, and Factoring ASL Features in the EIPA in the afternoon

June 24: 1.5 hour workshops will be offered 3 times throughout the day on a variety of topics:

  • ASL Conjunctions and 7 ASL Sentence Types
  • Interpreting for Students Who are Deaf with Disabilities- Overcoming Barriers
  • Interpreting for Standardized Testing (Paper and Online)
  • Medical Aspects of Deafness and Technology
  • Acting Meets Interpreting

Hear to Learn offers a free monthly webinar series. The webinars cover a variety of topics related to the listening and spoken language development of children with hearing loss. Parents and professionals are welcome to attend!

Register here:

Webinar start times: (by time zone)
· 10:30am-11:00am PT
· 11:30am-12:00pm MT
· 12:30pm-1:00pm CT
· 1:30pm-2:00pm ET

The Auditory Skills Hierarchy:
What does it mean for a child to "hear" you? How do you know when a sound has been simply detected or when that sound has meaning? In this 30 minute webinar, we will discuss what it means to "hear" something and what is needed for words/sounds to have meaning to the listener.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will:
· Discuss definitions of auditory detection, discrimination, identification and comprehension.
· View and analyze multiple video examples of each.
· Discuss how the use of hearing technology impacts a child's ability to move through this skill hierarchy.
· Brainstorm ways to provide opportunities for practice in daily routines.

Presenter: Jeanette Smoot, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd
Jeanette Smoot loves her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Sound Beginnings at Utah State University and is nationally certified as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist. Coaching families and mentoring graduate students are a key part of her role at Sound Beginnings. Jeanette enjoys finding creative ways to weave the children's language and speech goals into any setting or activity.



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.



In recognition of the achievements of people who are deaf-blind, we are celebrating Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week during the last week of June.

Sometimes when you least expect it, you experience an interaction that can change your life forever. We want to inspire people to look for those moments and consciously create mutually awe-inspiring connections inclusive of members of the deaf-blind community. HKNC and its partners are engaging with people who are deaf-blind and making real connections. We all have the power to connect and create relationships that transcend any of our differences and bring enrichment to our lives and to our community.