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Support Group for Foster/Adoptive Parents Caring for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children

REVISED 10/14/21

Adoption Support for Kentucky Virtual Interaction Program (ASK-VIP) is excited to launch a new specialized virtual support group.

ASK-VIP is seeking foster/adoptive parents who are caring for a child who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Read more about this here.


Residences at Courtyard Crossing

WELCOME HOME! NOW PRE-LEASING! Offering 47 apartments home serving those deaf and hearing impaired, 55 and better in Independence, Kentucky.

Learn more about this here...


RTI International & The Lancet Survey

RTI International and The Lancet are conducting a study to learn more about the stigma experienced by people who have been deaf or hard of hearing since they were 3 years old. We need the opinions and perspectives from these people so we can help health professionals, policymakers, and researchers understand the obstacles experienced by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. We cannot remove obstacles until we know what they are.

Read more and take the survey here...


Deaf & Hard of Hearing Survey: "Your Perception of Mental Health and Trauma Recovery Services."

Hello! My name is Liz Sandlin and I'm a student at Western Kentucky University who is an American Sign Language minor. I am currently completing a thesis project where I am studying the Deaf community's opinion, knowledge, and perception of mental health and trauma recovery services. To study the community's attitudes on these topics, I have created a survey for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals to take.

Read more and take the survey here...


Seeking Tutor for Deaf Social Work Student

Tutoring support needed for Social Work student. Student needs assistance with reading strategies as well as key concepts in Social Work. May partner with the University Writing Center or other campus resources to enhance student’s support.

Virtual tutoring for 2-4 hours per week is requested, evening availability preferred. The tutor should be fluent in American Sign Language and have completed foundational coursework in Social Work.

Additional short-term tutoring opportunities for Art History and English Literature.

Can be compensated if the tutor desires to complete University HR Process. Contact Katherine Walker-Payne, Director of Center for Accessibility and Learning Equity at Spalding University, if interested or for more information.


Deaf Perspectives on Treatment for Alcohol Use and Stress

The University of Rochester researchers are studying Deaf perspectives on alcohol use, stress, and the decision to seek treatment. Individual interviews will be conducted on Zoom. Volunteers will be paid $40.

Learn more about this here...


From Michelle Niehaus, LCSW, is the Statewide Coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at the Division for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Services:

Seeking Family Member to Serve on the DHHS Mental Health Advisory Committee


I'm reaching out for your help. We are in need of a family member representative from the Advisory Committee on the Need for Services for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

The individual must fit the following criteria:

One (1) member shall be a family member of a deaf or hard-of-hearing consumer of mental health services and shall be appointed by the secretary from a list of nominees accepted from any source.

Members are asked to attend four meetings per year, generally held the 3rd Wednesday of February, May, August, and November. We are currently meeting via Zoom. When in-person meetings resume, family representatives are eligible to receive reimbursement for miles, meals, and reimbursement.

We at DBHDID believe in family involvement as services are designed, implemented, and evaluated. Please help us to find qualified individuals who can help improve our service system. Interested candidates may contact me at for next steps.

Thanks so much for your assistance!

Michelle Niehaus, LCSW
Program Administrator, DHHS
KY Division for Behavioral Health
(502) 782-6181 (V)
(502) 385-0460 (VP)


ElderServe Telecare

From Michelle Niehaus, LCSW, is the Statewide Coordinator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at the Division for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Services:


We trained our first six volunteers for TeleCare yesterday! Special thanks to Shirley for leading the “hands on” portion and doing role play!

It looks like we have volunteers for Friendly Visiting too and that training won’t be hard to pull off, so we are now recruiting Deaf or Hard of Hearing Seniors (aged 60+) from Jefferson County to participate in the program!

Please spread the word.

We can also always use more volunteers, so let people know about this!

Michelle Niehaus

Learn more about this great opportunity here...


ASL Voter Assistance Hotline Available

From NAD:

We’re excited to release our new ASL Voter Assistance Hotline! The idea was originally developed by Jehanne McCullough and the goal behind the hotline is to provide resources on the voting process. Volunteers will be standing by to answer any questions you have about voting. We encourage you to vote in the upcoming election, you can use our hotline to get more information if needed! If you care about your rights and want to support/be against certain issues, make an impact by voting for candidates who will support your positions/issues.

Bottom line: register and vote!


Lexington Accessible Hazardous Alert System

The Lexington Division of Emergency Management has announced that they now assist individuals with hearing loss by providing alert messages called Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS). It will be a free service that will send alerts to your smartphones, tablet, etc. in regards to severe weather, chemical accidents, and other emergencies. According to Lexington AHAS, "Lexington AHAS subscribers that live in an area affected by an emergency or disaster will be able to receive an accessible alert message in American Sign Language(ASL) and English voice and text.The alert message could include information about the emergency and what actions to take."

Learn more and if you live in Lexington/Fayette, sign up for the free service here!


National Deaf Hotline

ADWAS is excited to announce that the National Deaf Hotline Services has been expanded to 24/7. Their hours are no longer limited to Monday – Friday and from 9AM-5PM (PST). They would like to share this information with the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, DeafDisabled, and Hard-of-Hearing community by distributing and sharing this accessible resource that is readily made available for the survivors, family members & friends, and service providers.

Check out ADWAS' subtitled/ASL signed video on YouTube for more information!


Online American Sign Language Class

Do you have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing age 36 months or younger? You are eligible to get a free online class to learn American Sign Language!

Get the details here...


Program Offers Free Hearing Aids for Community Service

KCDHH's Executive Director Virginia Moore and Executive Staff Advisor Anita Dowd were interviewed by the Louisville Public Media Station WFPL 89.3 concerning a new program which offers free hearing aids for completing community service hours.

Read it here...


Earning opportunity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Signers

The Substance Abuse Resources and Disability Issues (SARDI) program at Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio need your help to make their surveys ASL accessible and they are willing to compensate you for your time.

Get the details here...


Reaching Out to Foster Parents for General Information

Michelle Niehaus from the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities is calling out to current and former foster parents for some general information regarding foster parenting. Please read this letter from Ms. Niehaus for more information.


Deaf Scams Video

Purple's i711 released an excellent video about scams which target the deaf population. Watch this video to learn how to identify a scam so you don't become a victim.

Click here (WEB) to watch the video.


TDD Users Contacting the Governor's Office

For TDD users who wish to contact the Governor's Office, please use the following number: