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New program to help those with hearing impairments
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A new program coming to Warren County seeks to support individuals with hearing impairments. The first of three monthly community gatherings will be held Jan. 17.

The Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has announced new programming based in Warren County. In a collaboration with Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults, based in Chattanooga, new educational and community engagement opportunities for the deaf and hard of hearing will be offered. 

On Jan. 17, Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will hold its first monthly community gathering, a game day and lunch, at Central Church of Christ located at 101 E. Morford Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This initiative will bring language-accessible educational opportunities, programs, and services, perhaps including American Sign Language classes and some youth programming. 

The deaf and hard of hearing communities of Warren and surrounding counties are invited to attend, and Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing staff will be on hand to introduce themselves and to lead a discussion to identify the most requested or needed services. 

The Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing serves Middle and West Tennessee, as well as parts of Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas. 

“We recognize the challenge for deaf and hard of hearing individuals living in rural areas who cannot easily access all the needed services we offer,” said Nancy Denning-Martin, president and CEO.

Game days will be held on the third Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central Church of Christ and are scheduled through March with plans to continue if there’s a good response. 

For more information about this new programming, please visit www.bridgesfordeafandhh.org or email info@bridgesfordeafandhh.org. Because lunch will be provided, individuals who plan to attend the Jan. 17 meeting are asked to RSVP through the Bridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Facebook page, its website or by email.