ESCAPE

24/7 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: 423.755.2700

Deaf Services

Partnership’s Deaf Services provides a center that promotes and facilitates communication between the hearing and the deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing.  We act as an information and referral center to provide resources, education, and outreach.   

Those of us who hear may take for granted everyday actions that are part of living. Partnership’s Deaf Services offers public awareness and advocacy that are vital to the deaf community.

Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing serves 22 counties in Tennessee and four in the state of Georgia.  Services available to the deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing include, but are not limited to; independent living skills; peer counseling; outreach and referrals; as well as workshops, activities and social events.  These services are offered free of charge to clients.

Partnership's Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing offers comprehensive programs to support the deaf, deaf-blind and hard of hearing community: including, but  not limited to:

  • Access to Video Relay Service
  • Access to a computers, printers, scanners, copier, fax
  • Independent Living Skills Training
  • Job Placement and Retention Services
  • American Sign Language Classes

Interpreting services for businesses are offered at fair and competitive rates. Staff are highly trained, experienced interpreters. As the only nonprofit interpreting agency in our area, the decision to use Partnership's Services allows us to serve those in need.  The fees generated by our Interpreting Services fund our organization’s mission to break the cycle of poverty; better the lives of foster children; heal victims of domestic and sexual abuse; protect the elderly; house the homeless, and connect the deaf community with services that increase their ability to live independently.

For more information, contact our offices at:

Voice Phone - (423) 697-3842
Video Phone - (423) 208-9801
Fax - (423) 697-3839

Tips for Effectively Using Interpreters

-Seat the interpreter where your deaf client can see both you and the interpreter

-Speak to your deaf client, not to the interpreter

-Remember the interpreter will interpret everything you say, including “asides”

-The interpreter will act as a facilitator and will not participate in either the discussion or the decision-making process

-Any interpreter contracted with Partnership Deaf Services adheres to a code of ethics and requires impartiality and confidentiality in any interpreting assignment

-To request an interpreter; call 423.697.3842