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Lip Reading Classes Offered

New lip reading class offered for the first time for the community to attend at Chattanooga State Community College.
David M. Harrison, founder and Director of the  Lip Reading Academy will be offering Lip Reading to non-students at Chattanooga State Community College beginning Monday, February 16, 2015. The class is designed to help the hearing impaired improve their communication skills.

WHAT: Lip reading is an alternative language to enhance communication skills for those who have a hearing loss. The learning experience is easy and fun. Lip Reading can be self-taught in almost any language.

WHEN: The classes will be held four Monday evenings beginning February 16 and 23, March 2 and 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Nominate an Advocate for 2015 Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year Award

STEP, Inc. (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents) is accepting nominations for the 2015 Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year Award. This award is given each year to a person whoSTEP logo has exemplified using information to assist their own child or someone else’s child with a disability to receive a free appropriate public education.

STEP seeks recipients who demonstrate teamwork and collaboration and the zeal to share the information they have learned with others. Nominees may be a parent of a child with a disability, an advocate that works with families, a teacher who has been exemplary in the life of a student with a disability, or a service provider who has bridged the gap for a student or their family to assist in receiving a free appropriate public education.

Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year Award Nomination Form[1] 

Joni & Friends Family Retreat


Emily’s Short Term Missionary (STM) for Joni & Friends Camp 2013 was a physical therapist!

Joni and Friends Family Retreats provide a lifeline to families who want hope and encouragement that will last. You and your family will be blessed, inspired, and make new friendships that will last a lifetime.  At both U.S. and International Family Retreat, special-needs families receive encouragement and care in the comfort of a safe and accessible family camp environment. They enjoy fun and fully-accessible, age-appropriate activities, along with meaningful conversations with families who understand the challenges of life with disability. The success of a Family Retreat depends not only on the leadership and programming, but on the distinctly Christian community which is carefully nurtured in order for families to feel blessed and supported.

Timeline of An Anaphylactic Reaction

For all of the times that I have said “We can’t come your birthday party because there are balloons everywhere” and “Yes, one balloon does matter…”   This is why…because, whether  it is a latex allergy or allergy to something else, we can predict the process of a body’s response to an allergen, but we can’t predict how long or short that process will be. 

“An allergen may be inhaled, swallowed, touched, or injected. Once an allergen is in your body, an allergic reaction may begin within seconds or minutes. Milder allergies may not cause noticeable symptoms for several hours. The most common allergens include foods, medications, insect stings, insect bites, plants, and chemicals.”

For more information on what an allergic reaction can cause, learn more here.


Family Support Funding Still Available

Family Support Program still has funding available in all counties except McMinn. Families can obtain an application at the website  If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks! KristiOrange Grove Centers Logo
Kristi R. Tankersley, LMSW
Orange Grove Center
Asst. Director, Family Support Program     615 Derby Street     Chattanooga, TN 37404
tel:    423-664-5120     fax:   423-664-5122

The Tennessee Family Support Program is a statewide program funded by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD).  

The program provides limited financial assistance to individuals with severe disabilities who reside in the community.  Funding is available for services and supports that are not otherwise covered by insurance or other resources. These services and supports may include:

  •  Respite, Personal Assistance, Homemaking
  • Adult/child day care
  • Dental Care
  • Therapy
  • Home and Vehicle Modifications (such as wheelchair lifts, ramps)
  • Special Equipment (such as communication devices, assistive technology, independent living aids)
  • Health related supplies
  • Minor home repairs
  • Summer camps/recreational activities

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Chattanooga Scale Modelers Show 2015

Chattanooga Scale ModelersJoin the Chattanooga Scale Modelers for their day long model show on February 7th.  LifeLine will be there with a booth to share information about our services.  If you have an interest in connecting with other scale modelers, whether your interest is model cars, trains, planes, tanks, or figures, sign up for a couple hours for a chance to go to the show and share your experiences with LifeLine at the same time.  There is no cost to volunteers.  Families are welcome to come as well to the show for make-and-take and other activities for parents/children.  Families who come as attendees must pay at the door.  For more information on the show, click here.

Price: Free Event

Date: February 7, 2015

Chattanooga Convention Center

Chattanooga, Tennessee Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 12

Special Education Rights Overview

Join us at the Hatch's House Support Group to learn more about special education services.
We will be speaking at the support group meeting for families affected by pediatric cancer at Hatch's House.   LifeLine will be sharing an overview of the services that are provided byAustin Hatcher Foundation both LifeLine and STEP, Inc.  A quick overview of special education rights will also be covered.  For more details about the support group, contact Bryan Humphreys at Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer at 423-243-3471.



Price: Free Event

Date: February 9, 2015

Hatch's House of Hope
979 East 3rd Street, Suite C-232
Chattanooga, TN
37403 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited