Silver Dollar City DHH Awareness Day 2019 Interpreted Show Schedule

9:50 a.m.      Park Opening at the Gazebo

10:30 a.m.    Sagebrush Sadie’s Wild West Adventure at the Silver Dollar Saloon

11:00 a.m.    Train

11:30 a.m.    Lathe Demonstration

12:00 p.m.    Southern Raised at the Gazebo

1:00 p.m.      Cave Tour

1:00 p.m.      Blacksmith Demonstration

1:30 p.m.      Homestead Pickers at McHaffie’s Homestead

2:30 p.m.      Glass Blowing Demonstration

3:00 p.m.      Sons of the Silver Dollar at the Boatworks Theater

3:30 p.m.      Cave Tour

3:30 p.m.      Train

3:45 p.m.      Chris Stanley at the Dockside Theater

4:30 p.m.      Pottery Demonstration

6:00 p.m.      Echo Hollow

Welcome to the newest member of the MCDHH team: Christopher D. Johnson! Chris is a passionate advocate for the Deaf and other marginalized communities. He considers himself a pioneer who is continuously researching strategies to enhance knowledge in the next generation of Deaf leaders. His goal is to provide his support to communities. Chris completed his undergraduate studies in Sports Management from the University of West Georgia (UWG) in Carrollton, Georgia. Upon graduation, he decided to pursue Deaf-cultured employment at Tennessee School for the Deaf. A year later, Chris graduated in 2019 with a Masters in Sign Language Education (MASLED) from the Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.Upon graduation, he decided to pursue Deaf-cultured employment at Tennessee School or the Deaf. A year later, Chris graduated in 2019 with a Masters in Sign Language Education (MASLED) from the Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Currently, he is fulfilling his role as a Deaf Community Advocate for the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH).

MCDHH is accepting nominations for this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award through August 27! Click here for more details or here to see past winners.

We’ve posted the first workshop descriptions online for the 26th Annual Missouri Interpreters Conference! Register, read the descriptions, and learn more on our website here.

Missouri Interpreters! The form for this year’s certification renewal is now available on our website here.

The 5th Annual Royals Deaf & Hard of Hearing Awareness Day will be Saturday, September 28, 2019. Sponsored by MCDHH and Able Hands Interpreting Services. The game is at 6:15 p.m. against the Minnesota Twins. Seats in our section–Section 431/433–are only $15 each! Plus, the first 10,000 fans in the stadium will receive a fleece blanket for Fan Appreciation Night. Limited tickets are available, order yours by September 6 or before they sell out. Download the order form at

MCDHH at DEAF, Inc. are hosting Deaf & Hard of Hearing Awareness Day at the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, September 14, 2019. The game will be against the Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets are $20 each. “God Bless America” and the National Anthem will be preformed in American Sign language. The free giveaway for the first 30,000 people in the stadium that day is a Stan Musial/Red Schoendeinst double bobblehead. To purchase a ticket online, visit; American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted. To purchase tickets in person, please visit the DEAF, Inc. office at 25 E. Frisco Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119; they accept cash, credit card, money order, or cashier’s check. No orders will be accepted through postal mail. Mark your calendar!

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Upcoming Events

August 17 Silver Dollar City Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

September 14 St. Louis Cardinals Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

September 28 Kansas City Royals Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

October 11-13 Missouri Interpreters Conference

October 12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Empowerment Symposium


Community Announcements

The Forsyth School District has an immediate need for a sign language interpreter or someone who is knowledgeable in ASL to work one-on-one with a 1st grade student with a hearing impairment who has very limited knowledge of ASL. The student has cochlear implants and can hear very well when those are in use. While verbal communication skills are emerging, she is not able to effectively use verbal communication skills yet. She has made progress with verbal communication so we are hopeful that will continue to develop; however, we want sign language integrated throughout her day so she has more than one means of communication. For this position, we do not necessarily need someone who is certified. We just need someone who knows ASL well and can help this child learn. We have a speech/language pathologist on staff to help. For more information, contact Michelle Phelan, Special Education Director, at (417) 546-6384 or

The Whole Person now offers the opportunity to learn more about the Deaf community in Kansas City. TWP provides two training/workshop options for businesses, groups and organizations in the Kansas City Metro Area: Deaf Cultural Awareness Training, 1.5 hours, up to 20 people, $250; Basic ASL Workshop: 1.25 hours, up to 20 people, $125. To schedule a training or workshop, send an email to Micki at

MSDAA‘s 2019 Reunion and Fall Homecoming will take place on October 25-26, 2019. Click here for registration and more information.

Interested in teaching? Use this website to stay up-to-date on open positions for teachers of the Deaf and hard of hearing in Missouri.

Events in the Community

August 24

The Sister Brew

Join the Heartland Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America for an afternoon tea and keynote presentation at GSLAD. Learn more on their Facebook event page here.

September 25-27

Employment: Real Outcomes for People who are Deaf-Blind

Learn more here.

Hiring Events Near You

Click here to learn about hiring events in your area from the Missouri Division of Workforce Development.

Upcoming Workshops

Mentorship: Teaching Interpreters to Succeed

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

SWIC | 0.6 RID CEUs | $60

Instructors: Susan Power, Anne Frost, James Frost, Becki Rhyne, and Susen McBeth


This workshop will introduce fundamental techniques related to mentoring students and/or current licensed interpreters to prepare for testing in the BEI format. Payment should be sent to Deaf Services; 10537 Stephenson Dr., 63128. For more information, contact Susen Power: 314-229-2922 or


Building a Basic Understanding of Deaf Blind Individuals

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

SWIC (Southwestern Illinois College), 2500 Carlyle Ave, Belleview, IL

Presented by Tamara Ward | 0.3 RID PS CEUs


An emphasis on exploring what the needs are for interpreting for deafblind clients or consumers. There will be hands on practices and skills learning experience. There will be appropriate communication techniques that are used by deafblind individuals as a whole. $15 for interpreters, $5 for students, free for Deaf attendees. Contact Karyn Houston for more information: 618-310-0055,, or


Convention Interpreting: The Significant Impact of Quick Research

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Olathe, KS

Hosted by Able Hands Interpreting Services, more information to come


Introduction to Legal Interpreting Inside and Outside of the Courtroom

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

222 S Meramec Ave., Clayton, MO 63105

Presented by Michelle Doyle | 0.8 RID PS CEUs


This workshop is an introduction to the court systems, as well as other areas of legal interpreting outside of the courtroom. Participants will learn about these environments, understand the proceedings and language most commonly used within each setting, and how to navigate through them to provide the most effective interpretations. For more information, contact Shelly Tisius: 314-896-0275,, or


Interpreter Ethics: Views from the Other Side

Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

DEAF, Inc., 25 E Frisco Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119

Presented by Joe Sapienza | 0.7 RID PS CEUs | $40


This is an instructor led video presentation and group discussion. Participants will watch a specifically created video showing hearing and Deaf perspectives on interpreter’s Code of Professional Conduct, scenarios, and ethics. As a group, we will discuss and compare our thoughts and answers to theirs. Workshop is limited to 40 participants. Registration and prepayment are recommended. Paying at the door is available until workshop limit is reached. For more information, contact Joe Sapienza: 636-227-2277,,


Tis the Season: Holiday and Religious Signs

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Olathe, KS

Hosted by Able Hands Interpreting Services, more information to come