Tennessee School for the Deaf - Knoxville
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Post Secondary Transition Program

The Tennessee School for the Deaf offers Post Secondary Transition programs and services to qualifying residents of the State who are:

  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Between the ages of 18 and 22
  • Graduates of a 4 yr high school program

Located in Knoxville,Tennessee,TSD is surrounded by a rapidly growing business and industrial area. Diverse training and job opportunities make it the ideal location for career exploration. While training and preparing for employment students can benefit from a supportive, independent living arrangement in our technologically enhanced cottages. The cottages are equipped with Wi-Fi, Sorenson Video Phones, and DISH satellite TV as well as 24-hour security and alarm services. Should the students require medical care, there is a medical clinic on the campus.

Program of Study
Upon acceptance into the Post Secondary Transition Program at TSD, a Service Plan will be written to help each student achieve their personal goals. Included in the Service Plan will be individualized goals and objectives. They may include: supported or competitive employment, job coaching, job placement, ACT preparation, career counseling and household management.

Direct instruction is offered to all students to help them achieve their personal level of independence and employability in the following areas:

  • Self Advocacy
  • Career Awareness
  • Household Management
  • Accessing Community Resources
  • Social Skills

Each student is provided an iPad with Wi-Fi access that they may use in the classroom, cottage or off campus while attending college or vo-tech classes.

Career Development & Placement
Through the Post Secondary Transition Program students can receive instruction in educational opportunities, career awareness and planning, writing effective resumes, and preparing interviews. PSTP staff in conjunction with Vocational Rehabilitation assist the students in the job search process and placement.

Currently our PSTP students are working at the following places of employment:

  • Bonefish Grill
  • Cardinal Health
  • Chick Fil A
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Knoxville Convention Center
  • Marco’s Pizza
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
  • McDonalds
  • RockTenn
  • The Thackston School
  • Walmart
  • Ye Olde Steakhouse

This list is expected to grow each and every year as the students branch out and become a part of the Knoxville community. To read success PSTP student success stories click here. Students receive job coaching and follow up as necessary to ensure success.

Another factor in this growth is a grant provided by the Shaidnagle Family called Deaf At Work Foundation. This grant gives employers an added incentive to hire the PSTP students. To learn more about this grant, please use this link:

Students are able to give back to and become a part of the community by volunteering. Volunteer opportunities are currently available at The Love Kitchen which provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to homebound, homeless and unemployed persons. Also, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities available at the East TN Children’s Hospital, located in downtown Knoxville.

Education and Training:
There are a variety of educational and training opportunities located in Knoxville. These include the University of TN, Pellissippi State Community College, TN Center of Applied Technology, Goodwill Industries, Project Search and the Walgreens REDI Program.

PSTP Cottages and Local Transportation
PSTP students who choose to live at TSD enjoy a safe environment with 24-hour security. Each student will have a private or semi-private bedroom and bathroom. The cottages are equipped with the latest in Sorenson Video Phones that enable the students to enjoy video communication with their friends and family. Wi-Fi throughout the cottages and DISH satellite TV in the common areas are provided. Social opportunities to attend Deaf events in the area are also available.

Independent travel throughout the city to work, school and social outings is encouraged. Students learn to use the Knoxville Area Transit (KAT) bus system as deemed appropriate to their independence level. Cottage staff is also available to transport students to offsite work and school locations as needed until the student achieves the appropriate level of independence.

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