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     VOLUME 39, NO. 2                                                    JANUARY 2021


Kentucky Partners with Kroger to Provide Vaccine


Governor Andy Beshear announced January 14   a partnership with Kroger that will provide the COVID-19 vaccine throughout Kentucky starting February 1.


Kroger will announce the location and scheduling details for its first mass drive thru clinics on January 28, planning to vaccinate any person in Phase 1 (A, B, or C) of Kentucky’s vaccine distribution plan. Once more vaccines are available, Kroger said  more sites and appointments will be made through the Kroger Little Clinics.


When they open, the vaccines will be available to more people. All of group 1--A, B and C--will be eligible:

·   1A: Long term care facilities (nursing homes, assisted living), health care personnel

·   1B: First responders, anyone over the age of 70 and K-12 school personnel (Check the KDE COVID-19 website)


Louisville is currently in the 1A and 1B phase. If you are over age 70, you are now eligible for the COVID vaccination and can register directly for an appointment via the city’s healthcare partners: Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Health or Baptist Health.


·   1C: Anyone older than 60, anyone older than 16 with the highest risk of having health problems from the virus, and all essential workers


Check the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) website to determine underlying medical conditions at risk for contacting  the severe COVID-19 Illness.


You can also check your local health department website or Facebook page to see if they are registering persons for the supply   of vaccine as it becomes available and if you fit into a high risk category.



KCJ Adds Dedicated DHH Website Page


The Kentucky Court of Justice recently updated its website with a dedicated page for deaf and hard of hearing Kentuckians. Licensed interpreters will also be able to easily access information in regards   to language access for court events.


File a complaint for language access in court setting.

•Access interpreter directory for legal settings.

•How to become a Kentucky Court Interpreter.


To access the Deaf and Hard of Hearing webpage from Kentucky Court of Justice’s website, see photo for shortcut: Go to the upper right corner to “Contact.” Select “American Sign Language” in the drop down menu.




NDC Resources for High School Graduates


Are you planning for your future after high school? Are you planning to return to college or learn a trade? The National Deaf Center offers

great guides and resources to prepare for great success!


·        What is Vocational Rehabilitation Services?

o   Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

·        What accommodations are available in the classroom or living quarters?

·        Virtual Learning during the Pandemic


Visit the NDC website for tips for teachers, instructors, students, families, employers and professionals.



KSD Launches “The Center’s” News E-Blast


The Kentucky School for the Deaf recently launched its first edition news e-blast through its Outreach program, The Kentucky Statewide Educational Resource Center on Deafness. The Center will publish

its update three times per school year.


The Center provides services, resources and support for children from birth to 21 years old who are deaf or hard of hearing by collaborating with their families, communities and professionals who serve them.


If you have questions or would like to submit information for the next update, please contact Laure VanConia at or Heather Hall at


Click the green box below to sign up for future updates.





Little Ears Hearing Center Offering Counseling


Are you looking for some support? Struggling with your child’s behaviors during the pandemic? Concerned about the emotional impact on your family?


Little Ears Hearing Center, 1050 E Market Street, Louisville, is  offering FREE counseling and consulting sessions to parents of children with hearing loss, ages birth to 5 five years old.

Meetings are held by phone or Zoom and last through March 31.


Little Ears is part of Open Arms Children's Health, a Service of Home of the Innocents.


For more information, contact Dr. Shelley Moats at 502-596-1134 or to get more information or visit  their website.


KCDHH Seeking Applications for Secretary


KCDHH has a job opening for the position of Executive  Administrative Secretary. If you are interested in applying, please email your resume and cover letter to


MASK UP KY! Free Clear Masks Still Available


Thanks to a grant and generous sponsors, KCDHH   has been able to partner with various agencies who work directly with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to provide the ClearMask for FREE. Teachers, interpreters, employers, mental health counselors, hospitals, clinics, medical providers and nursing homes should visit the KCDHH website for more information. KCDHH recommends deaf and hard of hearing individuals/parents of deaf and hard of hearing children request two ClearMasks so they may take them to appointments to ask doctors and others they meet with to wear them.


Parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing may visit

Kentucky Hands and Voices.


COVID-19 Pandemic Resources



World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)



Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws  



Kentucky Governor News

The official Team Kentucky source for information concerning COVID-19

Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services COVID-19 Drive-Thru Locations

KSD Outreach/Resources for D&HH Students During COVID-19

KCDHH COVID-19 Important Links for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

KCDHH Facebook Page

Hearing Loss 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 interpreter.


Other KCDHH Resources:



KCDHH’s 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.

KCDHH Commissioners

KCDHH Staff  


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