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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...


Survivors Council Application OPEN

The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General is now accepting applications for the 2019 Survivors Council, an opportunity for survivors of crime to advise and assist the Attorney General’s Office on matters related to victims of crime. Its purpose is to ensure that these efforts are victim-centered, effective, and responsive to the needs of diverse victims.

Applications for the 2019 Survivors Council are now open.

Applications/nominations are due by November 15th, 2018.


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!


Hepatitis A Outbreak in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A in several Kentucky counties.

Read this urgent announcement here (Spanish translation included)...


Gallaudet University: A Survey Seeking Public Input

Parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing – and the professionals who serve them. We Need Your Feedback!

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center wants to know what you see as the significant barriers facing deaf and hard of hearing students ages birth through high school. This is your opportunity to share your experiences.

Please complete our online survey.

Read more and access the survey here...


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!


Apple and Cochlear team up to roll out the first implant made for the iPhone

Apple has teamed up with Australian-based Cochlear to bring iPhone users the first made for iPhone Cochlear implant.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June, Cochlear’s Nucleus 7 Sound Processor can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the sound processor.

Continue reading about this at techcrunch.com!


Resources for Professionals and Families with Children with Cochlear Implants

This comprehensive set of guidelines is a tool designed to facilitate planning discussions surrounding the educational supports and services essential for each student using cochlear implant technology. This product reflects the collaborative work between the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program of Boston Children's Hospital.

Get the links to the available resources 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, DeafBlind, 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 Learning Opportunity (self-paced)

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center and the Texas Education Service Center 20 presents:

Educating Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: A Guide for Professionals in General Education Settings is an online, three-module resource that is designed to equip general education professionals (grades K-12) with the knowledge and skills they need for working with deaf and hard of hearing students in the classroom or school environment.

Click here for more details.


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...


Notice from AT&T: TTY Emergency Calls via Wireless IP (Internet) is Not Recommended

Here is a message from AT&T:
911 calls with a TTY device are not supported by wireless Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as Wi-Fi. If your wireless device is operating exclusively over an IP network, persons with communications disabilities can still reach 911 services by either (1) dialing 911 directly using a TTY from a wireless phone over a cellular network or from a landline phone, or (2) sending a text message to 911 directly (in areas where text-to-911 is available) using a wireless device, or (3) using relay services to place a TTY or captioned telephone service (CTS) call from a wireless phone over the cellular network or from a landline phone, or (4) using relay services to place a IP Relay or IP CTS call over a cellular data or other IP network.

AT&T is focused on meeting the needs of all its customers and our provision of IP-based services and alternative accessible communications solutions are further examples of that commitment.

Read the article at TDI for more information.


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...


White House Video: How the Affordable Care Act Helps People with Disabilities

The White House has released a video on YouTube, "Learn how the Affordable Care Act ensures that individuals with disabilities can no longer be denied health coverage because of health history".

Watch this important video now!


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.


Video: Common Workplace Accommodations for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing

There's a new video from Michigan Works! on YouTube, signed and with open captions, on Common Accommodations. Topics covered include the ADA, Employer Responsibilities, Employee Responsibilities, Common Workplace Accommodations, Questions to Consider, Communication Challenges. The video runs approximately 11 ½ minutes.



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: