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The first  and third Mondays of each month babies and toddlers, aged 0-3, are invited to come sing, dance, read, and sign! Babies and caregivers will learn how to use sign language to increase communication and early literacy skills. A “Special Edition” Story time will be presented at 9:30 am for babies and toddlers with disabilities and their caregivers followed by a story time at 10:30 am for all caregivers and babies.  Space is limited to 15 families for each program.

The program will take place in "The Commons" - on the 3rd floor of the library.

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Please join us as we step into the way-back machine for a totally awesome night of 80s music and dancing. We will have tasty munchies and cool beverages.

Dust off your legwarmers and tease up your hair, come and join Bridges, be there or be square!

This event is a fundraiser and patrons can support Bridges in three levels: Celebration - $800; Get Into the Groove- $500; We Got the Beat - $250.  Your generous patron support will help Bridges to continue its legacy of providing superior services to individuals and families who are Deaf and hard of Hearing.  In addition to recognition in printed materials and invitations, you will receive complimentary tickets and a Hatch Show Print event poster. And our hope is to invite you to be the first to visit our new home for a special patron appreciation event. 

Please respond via email or phone by February 18, 2013, to be sure to be included in printed event materials. Help us celebrate Bridges' service and support to middle Tennessee's Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing communities. It is sure to be a radical time!

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Renowned Deaf storyteller, Peter Cook, will be performing as part of the annual Tennessee Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Conference being held at East Tennessee State University.  The performance of Southern Buffet Cookin' Up Stories in American Sign Language will begin at 7:00 pm at the Martha Culp Auditorium on the ETSU campus. His performance will be voice interpreted for the hearing. Admission is free; donations are accepted.

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Come out and meet our new employee and make some cool book art by making flowers and garland out of pages!  We will have all of the supplies, you only need to come and hang out!  

If you park in the garage, make sure to bring in your ticket so you will get 1.5 hours of parking for free.  

We will also have paper dolls to sign to help Sign Club break the world record! 

We look forward to see you here!  

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Team Interpreting is a skill. Not only do team members have to have interpersonal skills they also need to be aware of commonly used techniques and practices. When a team Interpreter strays from these industry standards it causes tension and stress between team members and compromises the integrity of the interpreted message. In this activity current teaming strategies, interpersonal skills, and self-disclosure will be discussed as well as the results of a national teaming survey.

CEUs on the Go! is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This professional studies program is offered for 0.3 PS CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level."

Terra Benton, a native of Tennessee, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Interpreting from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1999 and her Master’s Degree in Interpreting from the University of North Florida in 2010. She began her professional career in eastern North Carolina. In 2000, she received her national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. As an interpreter who keeps abreast of the changes in the field, Terra has professional experience in numerous arenas including mentoring, VRS, VRI, post-secondary education, K-12, mental health, substance abuse, medical, and much more. In addition to her interpreting work, she was honored to be an adjunct instructor at East Carolina University. Also while in North Carolina, she was active in Eastern NCRID serving in multiple roles; from Board of Directors positions to the Newsletter Editor. During her time with the organization, Terra received two awards: the Wilson Regional Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 2004 Interpreter of the Year and a NCRID Special Recognition Award for Service.

In 2006, Terra moved to the greater Tampa Bay area and dove right in to the Interpreting community. In 2007, she received the Tampa Sorenson Interpreter of the Year award. She continued to work in the classroom as an adjunct instructor for the University of South Florida, teaching ASL and Interpreting courses as well as mentoring students.

She currently resides, with her family, in her home state of Tennessee, where she works as a private practitioner.