What We Do

Programs and Services

Sign Language Interpreting

Our main function here at KCD is to provide high quality professional interpreting services for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard-of-Hearing communities. The financial resources generated by our hard-working interpreting staff allows us to operate our facility and to provide the below listed programs and services. Please contact us for more information about our interpreting services.


Sign Language Classes

KCD strives to offer Sign Language classes every Fall and Spring semester. Click here for more information about upcoming opportunities to learn conversational ASL!


Interpreter Internships

KCD offers Interpreter Internships for students majoring in Sign Language Interpreting. Internships, often required by formal Interpreter Training Programs (ITPs), offer students the opportunity for skill building, mentoring, training, and real world experience. Click here for more information about our internship program, including application requirements and deadlines.


Interpreter Training Workshops

Here at KCD, the professional development of our staff and contract interpreters is vital. We offer and host training workshops to help all interpreters continue to improve and develop their interpreting and professional skills, as well as earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain their National Interpreter Certification (NIC).

Please see our Announcements and Events Calendar for any upcoming Interpreter Training Workshops.


SSP Voucher Program

KCD supports the local Deaf-Blind community by offering our SSP Voucher Program. An SSP is a “Support Service Person” who volunteers his/her time to help Deaf-Blind community members with transportation to and from medical appointments, the grocery store, the pharmacy, the bank, or wherever community members need to go to shop or conduct their business.

Our voucher program provides each deaf-blind individual with a monthly set of vouchers; each voucher worth a set monetary amount. At each visit, Deaf-Blind individuals give their SSPs a voucher or two. SSPs then cash in these vouchers here at KCD to help defray the cost of gasoline, oil, and other transportation related expenses.

Stop for a minute and think about what it must be like to be deaf and blind.  Yes, they are isolated!  Without the wonderful SSP’s to pick them up and take them to where they need to go, Deaf-Blind people have difficulty getting out in the community.


VRI Program

Along with our on-site interpreting services, KCD now offers a Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Program. For more information about the possible benefits and/or disadvantages to your business/entity, or to set up a demo, please contact Terry Osborne by phone (865) 579-0832 or email tosborne@kcdtn.org.


Community/Event Room

KCD has a Community Room available for rent to host parties, gatherings, club meetings, etc. There is a $50 safety deposit plus a fee for use of the room. Persons interested in reserving the Community Room must contact Craig Lemak and come to KCD in person to fill out and sign the rental agreement. Payment is due at the time of reservation. Reservation requests must be made at least 15 days prior to event date.

For more information or to request use of the room, please contact Craig Lemak by phone 865-622-2308 (voice line through relay interpreter) or email clemak@kcdtn.org.


EmerCorps Program

KCD offers after-hours (5:00PM-8:00AM and weekends) interpreting coverage for emergencies with our EmerCorps program. When emergencies happen and an interpreter is needed in the middle of the night, the EmerCorps program allows a coordinator to send an available interpreter to the assignment to provide effective and efficient communication.

If you are a Hospital or Emergency Personnel and need to request an interpreter for an after-hours emergency, please call (865) 579-0832. You will need to leave a message and our after hours coordinator will call you back quickly.


Vocational Rehabilitation Services

If you are a Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) client, you may be referred to KCD for services such as Job Placement or Vocational Evaluation. Please, contact your VR counselor to discuss a referral.