Gov. Announces Pause of J&J Vaccine in KY
Gov. Andy Beshear has announced a pause in the use of the one-shot
Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Kentucky. This comes after reports of
potentially dangerous blood clots with the Johnson & Johnson
In a joint statement Tuesday, April 13, the CDC and the FDA said
they were investigating unusual clots in six women that occurred six to
13 days after vaccination. To view the announcement, click on the photo
Largest Vaccine Site in Kentucky Opens
Gov. Beshear marked another key moment in Kentucky’s fight against
COVID-19 on Monday, April 12, when he joined health care leaders to
open a drive-through vaccination site at the University of
Louisville’s (UofL) Cardinal
Stadium where 200,000 Kentuckians can get their COVID-19 vaccination
over the next seven weeks.
UofL Health, in partnership with the state, opened the vaccination
site at the Cardinal Stadium Purple Lot, which will have about 100
health care workers, volunteers and Kentucky National Guard members
vaccinating up to 4,000 people a day. The site, off Interstate Highways
65 and 264, was chosen because of its central accessibility and close
proximity to the medically underserved areas of west and south
Louisville. To read the press release, click here.
Gov. Beshear also announced all Kentuckians 16 and older are
eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is approved
for individuals 16 and older; the Moderna vaccine is approved for
individuals 18 and older. For more information, click here.
Five vaccination locations that have many open appointments
include the following:
•University of Louisville Health, Cardinal Stadium (Jefferson
•Whitney Young Elementary (West Louisville):
To schedule an appointment, call 888-777-7219 or visit www.NortonHealthcare.com.
•Kentucky Horse Park (Fayette County):
•WEDCO District Health Depart. (Harrison, Nicholas, Scott
•Baptist Health Corbin (Whitley County):
or call 606-526--4990
•Christian County Health Department – Bruce Convention Center
(Christian County): Registration
To see a list of all vaccination sites that have openings this week,
Northern Kentucky Convention Center:
Kentucky Dam Village Convention Center: www.wildhealthvaccine.as.me/schedule.php
Baptist Health Madisonville:
or call 270-825-7330.
To view all vaccination sites, click here.
Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines
KCDHH’s vlog below
explains the difference between the three vaccines, the number of
dosages you’re required to take and the amount of time between the
first and second dosage.
Unemployment Insurance System Goes Live
Amy Cubbage, general counsel for Gov. Beshear, updated Kentuckians
on when the state’s unemployment
insurance (UI) system will go live again after a temporary shutdown
for security upgrades.
“We are on track for the system to go live again at 7 a.m. EDT, Tuesday,
April 13,” said Cubbage. “So far, 100,000 letters have been mailed with
new login information for claimants, and the remaining letters will be
mailed tomorrow. Knowing that the letters will not reach you in time
for the system’s reopening, we will have call center assistance at
502-564-2900 available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. EDT for the next 10 days.”
Claimants can only get PIN assistance on this call line. Wait
times are expected to be longest between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between
8 a.m. and 9 p.m. when there are fewer call center staff on duty.
“A valid email address is required to verify your identity in the
new registration process. Free email accounts are available through
Google and Yahoo. You will also need the new eight-digit PIN to create
the new account,” said Cubbage. “If you are not due to request benefits
this week, please hold off on requesting a PIN via phone and wait for
Unemployment Insurance Services Opens April 15
Gov. Andy Beshear and Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry L. Roberts
announced April 6 that in-person unemployment insurance (UI) services
will open April 15 at more than a dozen regional Kentucky Career
Centers (KCCs). Kentuckians can schedule Monday through Friday
appointments at kcc.ky.gov.
Kentucky Career Center
The cabinet will also be opening a new, temporary facility in
Lexington, which will also provide UI assistance.
Ashland: 1844 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY
Bowling Green: 803 Chestnut St., Bowling Green, KY 42101
Covington: 1324 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011
Elizabethtown: 233 Ring Road, Suite 100, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Hazard: 412 Roy Campbell Dr., Hazard, KY 41701
Hopkinsville: 110 Riverfront Dr., Hopkinsville, KY 42240
Lexington: 2624 Research Park Dr., Lexington, KY 40511
Louisville: 600 W. Cedar St., Louisville, KY
Morehead: 1225 U.S. Hwy. 60 West, Suite 160, Morehead, KY 40351
Owensboro: 3108 Fairview Drive, Owensboro, KY 42303
Paducah: 416 South 6th St., Paducah, KY 42001
Prestonsburg: 686 North Lake Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41339
Somerset: 410 East Mt. Vernon St., Somerset, KY 42501
•Anyone attending an appointment must wear a mask at all times.
•Photo ID is required to enter a KCC building.
•Temperatures will be taken before entering KCC buildings due to
•Accommodations will not be made for those without appointments.
•While staff makes every effort to answer all questions during
this appointment, UI specialists may not be able to provide a resolution
during a single appointment. Some claims could require additional
paperwork or take additional time to complete. An additional
appointment will not be necessary. Schedule an in-person appointment by
clicking on the logo below:
Task Force Created to Combat
Unemployment Insurance Fraud
On April 5, Gov. Beshear signed an executive
order creating the Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Fraud Detection
and Prevention Task Force, which will coordinate between state and
federal entities to detect, investigate, prosecute and prevent
unemployment insurance fraud in Kentucky.
New and existing claimants will soon be required to create more
complex PIN numbers. In addition, all new UI claimants will only be
paid by paper check effective immediately. Read the full article here.
COVID-19 Memorial Fund Started
Gov. Beshear has established the Team
Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund to help commemorate the losses and
sacrifices Kentuckians experienced during this once-in-a-lifetime
pandemic. The Fund will be used to design, build, and maintain a
COVID-19 memorial in the Monument Park on the State Capitol Grounds.
This memorial will remind future generations of the hardships the
Commonwealth endured during this difficult time and the sacrifices made
to overcome them.
If there are additional funds remaining after the memorial is
fully funded, they will be used to assist Kentuckians who lost a loved
one to COVID-19 by reimbursing a portion of their funeral or burial
expenses. All donations to the Team Kentucky COVID-19 Memorial Fund are
tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after
donating. If you wish to donate to fund the memorial, please click on
the photo below.
In this month’s KCDHH Spotlight Q&A ,
Taylor, Chair of KCDHH’s Commission Board. Jeannie was born in
Covington, KY. She graduated from Allen County-Scottsville (KY) High
School. Jeannie graduated from the University of Louisville where she
earned a Bachelor of Science in Exceptional Child/Elementary Education.
She earned a master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from
Western Kentucky University. Jeannie completed an associate degree with
an emphasis in American Sign Language at Nashville (TN) State Community
College. She is also a Peer Mentor for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a
certification she received in a two-year program at Gallaudet
University. After spending 33 years employed as an educator in
Kentucky’s public school system, she is now semi-retired and resides in
Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Why did you want to
serve as a KCDHH board member?
It’s hard to put my
finger on one specific reason why I wanted to serve as a KCDHH board
member. Primarily, I knew it would present an opportunity to be among people
with a diverse array of hearing loss, and that, by its very nature,
would put me in the role of a learner - where I love to be! As cliché
as it may sound, I wanted to help bring about positive changes that
would impact the lives of many Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind
(DHHDB) individuals across Kentucky. To accomplish those things, I knew
it would require developing a deeper understanding of needs, working
collaboratively with others, and having a willingness to get closely
involved in difficult tasks if necessary. Since my desire and
enthusiasm to participate was strong, I jumped in and haven’t looked
What does your work at KCDHH mean to
Serving as a board member at KCDHH
has given me the opportunity to be among people who have the authority
to bring about change at a state level. Although I have no “official”
authority at KCDHH, I’ve always thought of myself as an influencer and
hopefully as a real force for good. This is important to me because I
want to be part of the solution rather than simply adding on to
problems. As I recently mentioned to a fellow Commissioner, your
experience on the Commission board will be what you make of it. For me,
how I show up, communicate and respond to what’s happening in our state
regarding DHHDB individuals is highly important because it affects a
lot of lives. Therefore, my work at KCDHH is incredibly urgent and
meaningful to me.
How has your previous experience
(personal or professional) aided in your position at KCDHH?
(Professionally) As many people know,
I am a “retired” educator.
Because “once a teacher, always a teacher,” teachers never truly
stop teaching. My career consisted of teaching children with special
needs which was incredibly rewarding.
There are days when I miss being in the classroom enormously.
Most teachers will tell you that when you are a teacher, you teach
beyond the state mandated curriculum. You teach children how to problem
solve, how to be independent and how to be organized in life. You make
a point to discover their interests and what matters to them. You laugh
and cry with them and form ties that are rarely broken. You teach them
how to apologize and how to be responsible for their own actions. You
teach them how to have good manners and how to treat others like they
want to be treated. These life
lessons are relevant regardless of a person’s age, so they’ve served me
well as a board member.
(Personally) As a person who’s lived
with hearing loss my entire life, “lived experience” has been priceless
when it comes to serving on the Board.
Personal knowledge about hearing loss and its impact gained
through direct, day-to-day living provides a perspective that is
extremely essential when decisions are being made that impact DHHDB
individuals. Lived experience comes at a high cost to DHHDB individuals
and should always be recognized and valued by those who have the
authority to bring about life changing services and laws for our state.
What do you think is the current
issue facing DHH individuals?
Although the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) and new technologies have offered many solutions
to problems faced by DHHDB individuals, there remain issues that still
need our urgent attention such as early language acquisition, mental
health services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate,
economic challenges that lead to poverty, social-emotional challenges,
and communication barriers that restrict accessibility. Regrettably,
these are age-old problems that have existed in the DHHDB community for
many years which make it more important than ever to speak up and
become engaged in efforts to break the cycle. I believe these issues
can be improved upon and perhaps someday be eliminated altogether.
However, it will require focus and continuous effort of DHHDB individuals,
their families, and professionals who serve them.
What do you want KCDHH to accomplish
in the next year?
One of KCDHH’s governing mandates
states that the Commission shall advise the Governor and the General
Assembly concerning policy and programs to enhance the quality and
coordination of services for the deaf and hard of hearing. Currently
KCDHH is involved in several efforts to affect legislation by
influencing the views of policy-makers on the state level - two of
those being near and dear to my heart given I’m an educator. For
several years now, KCDHH has energetically and steadfastly advocated
for Early Learning Acquisition for DHHDB children with little or no
effective or responsive action from our state department of education
or our state legislature. Early
intervention programs in Kentucky are falling short in meeting the
needs of DHHDB children resulting in catastrophic consequences due to
language deprivation. Research shows that DHHDB children who acquire
language will be kindergarten-ready and therefore better prepared to
succeed in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. Language
acquisition will also improve Kentucky’s success rate for graduation
for this underserved population. KCDHH is also advocating for mandatory
universal hearing screenings for children entering kindergarten. It is
alarming to me that our state requires mandatory universal vision and
dental screenings, yet overlooks hearing screenings. In our schools,
classroom instruction is primarily auditory; therefore, a hearing loss
does not have to be severe in order to negatively impact a student’s
academic performance. According to the CDC, hearing loss is the most
common developmental disorder identifiable at birth and its prevalence
increases throughout school-age due to the additions of late-onset,
late identified and acquired hearing loss. Under identification and
lack of appropriate management of hearing loss in children has broad
economic effects as well as a potential impact on individual child
educational, cognitive and social development. If KCDHH could accomplish success on
a legislative level in both of these areas in the next year, it would
undeniably be a game-changer for our DHHDB children and their future
How has your life experiences made
you the leader you are today?
While pondering this question, two
familiar quotes came to mind:
“Failure is your best teacher” and “Nothing succeeds like
success.” No doubt, my life experiences , both failures and successes, have
influenced me as a leader. Failures are inevitable throughout life, so
it is important that we know how to embrace failure, learn from it, and
get back up rather than allowing it to defeat us. On the flip side,
once we meet with success, we are in a better position to succeed again!
While failures provided me with
learning opportunities, success gave me confidence. The merger of these
two forces has definitely shaped my leadership skills!
What’s your favorite inspirational
Most all of my favorite inspirational
quotes are found in the Holy Bible.
During this time of Covid-19, there is one particular scripture
that has affected me and become a favorite: “Do not fear, for I am with
you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will
also help you, I will also uphold you with My
righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.
This scripture brings me comfort in many ways. For sure, God is
aware of our tendency to fear and he cares about every fear we face –
even during worldwide pandemics! The words in Isaiah 41:10 encourages
us to not fear but rather trust in God’s presence and know He is
listening and working on our behalf.
What’s on your bucket list?
As a child, I recall missionaries
visiting our church to make presentations about the work they were
doing in other countries. I clearly remember how a presentation given
by a missionary from India affected me. Needless to say, the seed was
sown that summer but remained dormant until my adult years. As I
approached retirement, I knew that it marked the beginning of the next
chapter in my life, so I started making plans to become involved in
missionary work. In 2015,, I began a journey
that led me to the tiny country of Belize in Central America. On the
island of Ambergris Caye, I started a
children’s Bible ministry at San Pedro Church of Christ and also began
volunteering with children with disabilities in local schools. During
my first year, I met a deaf student and began tutoring her in academics
and basic ASL. In the past year, Covid-19 has restricted travel and
prevented me from returning to Central America. However, I have regular
contact with many church and school friends. If it is the Lord’s will,
then I will return to Belize in the future. What’s on my bucket
list? I want to continue making
missionary journeys! If it’s God’s will, there will be many more
mission trips in my future! Traveling outside the country has
definitely pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone, but once you’ve
had a taste of serving others in the name of Christ, the desire only
Virginia Moore Named Communicator of the Year, Alumna of the
Director Virginia Moore was recognized by Gov. Beshear during one of
his March press briefings as Communicator of the Year and Alumna of the
As Moore signed for
Beshear during a news conference , the
Governor surprised her by announcing the honor from her former high
“Virginia taught us
the importance of inclusion, while making us all smile when we needed
it most. She used her talents and skill to keep the deaf and hard of
hearing community informed, teaching all of Team Kentucky a lesson as
we work to build a better, more inclusive Kentucky, together,” said Gov.
Beshear. “I am honored to share once again that others saw Virginia’s
compassion and commitment, and are celebrating her today through two
The Greater Clark
County School Foundation in Jeffersonville, Indiana, named Moore the
2021 Jeffersonville High School Alumna of the Year for her service
throughout the pandemic. Her nominators said Virginia is a champion and
“although her work is silent, it speaks volumes.”
Governor’s presentation by clicking on the photo below.
Virginia was also
named the Kentucky District of the National Speech and Debate
Association’s Communicator of the Year for 2021 and presented by the
“I was honored to
receive this award last year, and for me personally, it means a lot to
be in the same category as my friend Virginia,” said Gov. Beshear.
Click on the photo below to watch the presentation.
KCDHH Executive Director Signs for LYC
Director Virginia Moore recently participated with the Louisville Youth
Choir in signing a statewide choral production that included 175
students from all over the state performing virtually. This Kentucky
Virtual Choir sang a piece written specifically for this performance by
Dr. Catherine Wilson called “My Love for You,” which is a song about
Kentucky. The video is posted on several websites, including the
Louisville Youth Choir; Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet; Kentucky
Arts Council and KCDHH Facebook. It has also been selected to be played
during Churchill Downs’ Spring Meet opening event on April 24. Click on
the photo below to watch the video.
TikTok Adds Auto Captions
to Make Videos Accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing
TikTok has announced the launch of a new feature
designed to make its app accessible to people who are deaf or hard of
hearing. On April 6, the company debuted auto captions— a feature that,
when enabled, will automatically transcribe the speech from a video so
viewers can read what’s being said in the video as an alternative to
listening. Initially, auto captions will support American English and
Japanese, with additional languages coming in the months ahead, TikTok says. Learn how by clicking the TikTok logo below.
National ASL Day Celebrates
American Sign Language
On April 15, 1817, the first lasting school for the
deaf in the United States opened. Students gathered there over the
years and at subsequent deaf schools across the nation. Children
intermingled Native American Signs, French Sign Language, and Martha’s
Vineyard Sign Language. This process brought forth modern American Sign
For more information, check out What is National ASL Day? and How Do We Celebrate National ASL Day? by clicking on the
Deaf and Hard of
Hearing Youth Summer Camps
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the sites that normally host
summer camps for deaf and hard of hearing youth are facing a lot of
uncertainty. As a result, KCDHH has compiled the list below to serve as
a starting point for parents to search for camps that will be available
Summer Youth Camps
National Association for
the Deaf Youth Leadership Camp
Rochester Institute of Technology
Camps for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
If you know of
other camps, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO
ON THE CALENDAR, PLEASE EMAIL US AT:
COVID-19 Pandemic Resources
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and
Other EEO Laws
Team Kentucky source for information concerning COVID-19
Cabinet for Health & Family Services COVID-19 Drive-Thru Locations
Outreach/Resources for D&HH Students During COVID-19
Important Links for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Association of America Kentucky Chapters
For those who have deaf family members who use sign language,
consider downloading Sorenson Wavello and/or the ZVRS Sivo app on your smartphone. This app
makes it possible for you to see your loved ones on your screen next to
Other KCDHH Resources:
Telecommunications Access Program (TAP)
Landline or wireless equipment for
Kentucky residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired or
have both a hearing and vision loss.