Community Corner is back! This week, we had a conversation with the president and CEO of Bridges For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing, Nancy Denning-Martin. The organization is centered around reaching the deaf, deaf-blind, and hard-of-hearing community. Outreach consists of interpreting services, ASL classes, and advocacy. All classes are taught by native signers and are offered to all, whether it be online or in-person.
Founded by Margaret Lane Washington in 1927, the organization still upholds its mission, vision, and values:
to build access, equity, and inclusion in partnership with the D/deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing communities through advocacy, education, empowerment, and effective communication
We envision a world without barriers in which potential is unlimited and self-realization is possible.
In our service and decision making, we strive to remain faithful to and to express these values: integrity, intention, honesty, relationship, respect, stewardshipBridges for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Celebrating 95 years of service, the organization is the largest ASL interpreting agency in the state! They are extending their services and resources across the state and region as well, with locations in Northern Alabama, Southern Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, and just recently, West Tennessee.
Listen to the interview below:
To donate, volunteer, and learn more, visit bridgesfordeafandhh.org or call 615-248-8828.