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    VOLUME 39, NO. 11                                                   NOVEMBER, 2021


KSD Starts 200th Anniversary Celebration


Kentucky School for the Deaf logo.Preparations for the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s (KSD) 200th anniversary celebration are underway. KSD, which opened its doors on April 10, 1823, is the fourth-oldest school for the deaf in the United States. Most of the activities and events celebrating KSD’s bicentennial will start in July 2022 and continue through the 2022-2023 school year. The Kentucky School for the Deaf Alumni Association (KSDAA) is hosting a silent auction to help fundraise for its celebration. The auction began on November 9 and runs until Wednesday, November 17, at 11:45 p.m. To view items and register, visit here. To watch an informational video about the auction, visit here.


Coming Soon! KCDHH Launches D-B Web Pages       


KCDHH will soon launch its new Deaf-Blind web pages. The new Deaf-Blind tab on the KCDHH website will provide access to a wealth of information and resources for Deaf-Blind consumers, family members, educators, and service providers. Be sure to check look out for our Coffee Chat videos also coming soon under the “Awareness and Advocacy” section of the Deaf-Blind pages. These videos will  feature Deaf-Blind Kentuckians as well as representatives from the Helen Keller National Center, the Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project, and the Kentucky Department of Education.


COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5 to 11


Team Kentucky logo imprinted on a band aid.Governor Andy Beshear said now that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially recommended the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, Kentucky parents and caregivers are now able to book an appointment for their children. To find an available appointment for this age group, visit and click on “Find COVID-19 Vaccines.” From there, parents and caregivers can sort by zip code and vaccine options.


New I.D. Required for UI Claimants


Kentucky Career Center Unemployment InsuranceEffective November 4, all unemployment insurance (UI) claimants who have not verified their identity with, a third-party ID verification vendor, will be required to register an account with the company and verify their identity to access their claim. Verify your identity here.


Register for Hands & Voices Virtual 5K


Hands and Voices New Year 5K: Make a run for it 2022Run. Walk. Bike. Hike. Roll. Crawl. Whatever your mode, join Hands & Voices for the 2022 New Year’s 5K! All registrants will receive a race t-shirt if you register by December 1.


Proceeds from this race will go directly to participating chapters of Hands & Voices throughout the United States. Hands & Voices is an international organization with 43 chapters that provides support to families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. To register by December 1, visit the website here.


Input Sought on Kentucky’s Transportation Needs


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet logoOfficials are seeking input from those who travel through Kentucky as they update a long-range plan for the state’s transportation needs. The Transportation Cabinet stated that information collected in the Kentucky Statewide Transportation Survey will be used to help identify needs and improvement priorities over the next 25 years. Input on all modes of travel — including vehicle, boat, train and plane — will be accepted through December 6. When completed late next year, the plan will guide transportation policy decisions and investment strategies through 2045.You can fill out the survey by clicking here.


Artists Invited to Contribute to Team Kentucky Gallery


Text reading, Team Kentucky GalleryGovernor Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invite Kentuckians to lend their artistic talents to the Team Kentucky Gallery, which is located in two main halls of the state Capitol in Frankfort. Selected artworks will be displayed for a six-month rotation in the Capitol and on the Team Kentucky Digital Art Gallery, where the artists can provide additional information. After each rotation, artworks are returned to the artists. The current, inaugural rotation runs until December 31, 2021. The second rotation will begin January 1 and run until June 30, 2022. The deadline to submit artwork for consideration for the second rotation is November 29, 2021. To apply, read more here.


Gallaudet University Scholarship Available


Gallaudet University logoThe Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families: Collaboration and Leadership Interdisciplinary Certificate Program at Gallaudet University has a scholarship opportunity available for the 2022-2023 school year. The deadline is March 1, 2022. For more information, contact Suzanne Mattox, Director, Regional Early Acquisition of Language at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, or 256-474-0614 (VP/Voice).


Job Opportunity


KCDHH Needs You…


The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a state agency within in the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, is seeking applicants for Executive Administrative Secretary. The position is located in Frankfort, Kentucky. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone who wants to be immersed in Deaf culture, hone their signing skills, educate and advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing community, and work with a dedicated team of individuals.  Click on the photo below to watch the video. You can also click a link to the job opening announcement here and a link to apply for this position here.


Text reading, Save the Date

Deaf Women United Opens Registration for 2023


Deaf Women United has opened registration for the 2023 conference that will be held in Chicago, July 26 to July 30. The early-bird rate is available through February 28, 2023. For more information, click on the logo below.

Text reading, Chicago July 26 to 30, 2023 Embassy Suites


KCDHH Spotlight Q and AAmy Hatzel smiling

November’s KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is with Amy Hatzel, who is a Kentucky Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (KYRID) representative on KCDHH’s Commission Board. Amy’s hometown is Ashland where she attended Paul Blazer High School. She received her Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Interpreting for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Masters of Science Degree in Special Education-Learning and Behavior Disorders, Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She attended Ashland Community College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Amy currently works as a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and a freelance sign language interpreter. She lives in Catlettsburg with her husband Gerry and three daughters. Read more here.


Text reading, Tech Updates


Breaking the Language Barrier-App Now in Spanish!


CaptionMate is the first IP CTS app with both a Spanish and English interface! CaptionMate is a free cell phone app, conditionally certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to allow people with hearing loss to read what the other person is saying on a phone call.


1. Download CaptionMate from the App or Play store

2. Register on your phone

3. Read what the other person is saying


For more information, email or call 1-800-898-0034, ext. 0. You may also watch an instructional Zoom webinar.


CaptionMate IP CTS App-Spanish & English Interfaces!

¡Nuestra App Ahora es Bilingue


CaptionMate es una aplicación de uso gratis, certificado condicionalmente por la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones (FCC), que permite a personas con problemas auditivos, leer la transcripción de una llamada telefónica.


1. Descágue la aplicación de la App store ó Play store

2. Regístrese en el servicio desde su teléfono

3. Lea la transcripción de lo que la otra persona está diciendo durante la llamada.

Visita nuestro sitio web para más información!


How to Add Auto Captions to TikTok Videos


Save time and let TikTok's powerful systems automatically create captions for your videos. To use the feature, you should first create your TikTok. After doing so, tap the Captions icon in the top-right corner. Read more here.


Games that Use Speech-to-Text for DHH Gamers


Accessibility in gaming, especially multiplayer games, is a must for deaf and hard of hearing gamers (DHH). Captioning technology is not always perfect, but it is essential. Read more about games that include speech-to-text here.


AMC Expands Captioned Screenings


AMC Theatres has revealed that it will expand its captioning services to more than 240 locations throughout the United States. A select few locations had already offered captioned screenings of mainstream blockbusters but this greatly expands the number. These screenings provide accessibility for millions of Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as many for whom English is not their native language. Read more here.


Vox Media Builds Visual Way to Experience Podcasts


You listen to a podcast. That’s the only option, right? For their new show “More Than This,” Vox Media set out to create a podcast that could also be seen and felt. The result was an “immersive transcript” that’s accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences. Read more here.


Sorenson to Provide ASL Interpretation for FaceTime Calls


Utah-based Sorenson Communications announced it will provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation to connect Deaf and hearing people through Apple’s FaceTime with the release of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. Read more here.


Calendar of Events



COVID-19 Vaccine 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 Vaccine

Kentucky Registry of Vaccine Location

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

KCDHH Facebook Page



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 your 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



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