Deaf-Blindness

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United States

Formerly known as VSA TN, Borderless Arts Tennessee is a statewide organization committed to inclusive and accessible arts programs for people with disabilities to enhance educational curriculum, enrich creative expression, empower career development, and encourage community engagement. Deaf and hard of hearing participants and artists are encouraged to get involved. Programming is made accessible. Borderless Arts Tennessee, formerly VSA Tennessee, established in 2001, is part of an important history of equality and opportunity in the arts.

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Online
United States

The Tennessee School for the Deaf offers online conversational sign language classes only to families with deaf or hard of hearing children 0- 5 years of age. The time of the classes are determined by the participants. Classes are offered using ZOOM (online video software) for weekly classes. Deaf adults are integral to the class. 0-5 Parent Outreach Educational Consultants facilitate the class.

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115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
United States

The Resource Center for the Visually Impaired is located on the campus of the Tennessee School for the Blind in Nashville, Tennessee. The services of the RCVI are available to public school systems, to eligible, private non-profit local education agencies, and to state special schools across the state. An inventory of more than 22,000 Braille and large type textbooks and ancillaries, and non-book instructional materials is available on an annual loan basis. Approximately 9,500 items are currently on loan in local education agencies.

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Tennessee Regulatory Authority
500 Deaderick Street, 4th Floor
Nashville, TN 37242
United States

Provides free access to distance communication technologies to people with significant combined hearing and vision loss who meet federal income guidelines. In Tennessee, iCanConnect is administered by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA). TRA has been meeting the needs and challenges of consumers in Tennessee since 1996 when they established the Telecommunications Devices Access Program. The agency is responsible for setting rates and service standards for privately-owned telephones, as well as natural gas, electricity and water.

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6045 Shelby Oaks Dr.
Memphis, TN 38134
United States

Provides: (1) certified interpreters, (2) walk-in client assistance (sign-to-voice telephone relay, assistance with forms/applications), (3) advocacy, (4) job counseling/placement assistance, (5) information and referral, (6) workshops and technical assistance for organizations/businesses, (7) sign language classes, (8) affiliate of Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youth and Adults, and (9) operates Community Hearing Aid Bank.

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P.O. Box 2035
Chattanooga, TN 37409-0035
United States

We provide Nationally Certified American Sign Language Interpreters (both on-site and by way of VRI), as well as remote CART. We have two Certified Mental Health Interpreters.

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3731 Martin Mill Pike
Knoxville, TN 37920
United States

Provides sign language and oral interpreter services, information and referral, public awareness and advocacy, employment assistance, American Sign Language (ASL) classes, and a wide array of social assistance for Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing persons.

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520 W. Summit Hill Dr. Suite 301
Knoxville, TN 37902
United States

Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard-of-Hearing helps participants prepare for employment which can lead to meaningful and satisfying careers. Employment services are available upon completion of your program to assist job seekers with job search and readiness skills training, job placement, employer incentives, workplace supports and follow along services. An individual with a disability may apply directly to Vocational Rehabilitation or may be referred by another individual or agency.