The Tennessee Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services recognizes the unique needs of individuals who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing. The Division of Rehabilitation Services is responsible for the Vocational Rehabilitation Services program, which includes determination of eligibility, determination of the nature and scope of VR services and the provision of employment-focused rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities consistent with their strengths, priorities, and resources.
In 2005, the division established a unit to provide specialized vocational rehabilitation services to eligible clients who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing. There are Vocational Rehabilitation counselors who are specially trained to work and communicate with persons who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing. These counselors provide services that enable their clients to enter, retain, or return to competitive employment.
The Tennessee Department of Education and the Department of Human Services’ Vocational Rehabilitation program are collaborating to launch a Community Conversation in Knoxville. This conversation will focus on services for people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind and will be held Jan. 18 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the new high school building on the Tennessee School for the Deaf campus. American Sign Language interpreters and communication access real-time translations (CART) will be available to facilitate the discussions. Light refreshments will be served.
If you have questions about the Knoxville Community Conversation, contact Tiffany Kelley:
Voice Phone: 865-594-6861
Cell Phone: 865-361-7845