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Disabled & Deaf Trans People's Survey

The Disability Project has asked us to share a survey with deaf trans people. This survey is in 3 different formats; English, Spanish, and ASL with closed captions.

The survey can be accessed here and the survey period ends on December 1, 2023.


SKY LACES: Guide By Your Side™

The Aetna Better Health of Kentucky™ Supporting Kentucky Youth (SKY) program offers a helpful Value-Added Benefit (VAB) to Aetna SKY members who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH).

Caring for a child with hearing loss can be a joy and a challenge. You may need extra support so you can make the best choices for your child. You may have questions about how to get help or services. Aetna SKY works with Kentucky Hands & Voices™ to give this kind of support.

Read the info sheet about this program here....

Watch the ASL signed/captioned DHH Guide Recruitment video.


National Deaf History Month Dates

Based on the feedback from the NAD Deaf Culture and History Section (DCHS) and various stakeholders, including from organizations that represent marginalized communities within the Deaf Community, the NAD Board has chosen April 1-30 as the National Deaf History Month (NDHM). This decision is partly based on a mandate from our delegates that the NAD engage in efforts to dismantle racism within our community, and this requires ensuring that our historical lens must include the experiences of BIPOC Deaf People. The efforts of NDHM must celebrate and recognize all Deaf People in the U.S., especially BIPOC Deaf People.

Watch the ASL signed/captioned video about this now.


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...


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...


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: