Betty Timon’s Dream
On October 15, Betty Timon’s dream became a reality with the
opening of the new Spire Development
at Courtyard Crossing, in
Independence, KY. The Residences offers barrier-free living for
deaf and hard of hearing individuals.
For over 45 years, Betty Timon was an advocate for
the deaf and hard of hearing. Her own journey with a hearing loss began
when she was 35 and was diagnosed with a significant hearing loss,
which, over the years, progressed to a profound loss. Betty became a
Kentucky resident in 1990. Serving on the KCDHH Commission Board over
18 years with her husband, Jim, by her side, she tirelessly advocated
for accessible communication for deaf and hard of hearing individuals
in the Commonwealth.
One of her many passions was to advocate for senior
citizens. She worked tirelessly during her time as a Commissioner to
promote accessibility in nursing homes, and began working with KCDHH
and developers to establish a living space where individuals could
live, socialize, and support each other without any barriers.
Although her dream did not become a certainty during
her lifetime, she instilled the passion in KCDHH, and throughout the
community, to continue work to make her dream a reality.
“Betty called me one night to come to northern
Kentucky for a visit,” explained Virginia Moore, KCDHH Executive
Director. “I knew she was very ill, and I sat down at her bedside. She asked
me to not give up this fight. Her husband, Jim, held me to it. I
honestly didn’t know if it would happen. Now, we can say a dream we
worked on together, and ultimately took over, has came true.”
The new Courtyard Crossings, located at 133-B
McCullum Pike, Independence, KY, offers 30 one-bedroom apartment homes
and 17 two-bedroom apartment homes equipped with open floor plans,
visual strobe fire and CO alarms, bed shakers synced with alarm clocks
and life-safety systems, matte paint to reduce visual glare,
video-based entry systems, and wireless smart monitoring systems
to alert residents about open doors, temperature issues, motion
activity, voltage issues, and water issues. The common areas include a
community room with a kitchenette, supportive services room, and
laundry room, and also features RTT and TTY technology. See photos from
the groundbreaking below.
Questionnaire Needs YOUR Input by Oct. 29!
You have until Friday,
October 29, to complete KCDHH’s Deaf-Blind Community Study Group “Questionnaire for Kentucky’s
Deaf-Blind Constituents.” This confidential questionnaire will help
determine if accessibility issues are prohibiting Deaf-Blind
individuals and individuals with a combined hearing and vision loss
from obtaining local and state services in Kentucky. Feedback will be used to guide
further positive changes for these constituents. Please forward
this information to anyone who is part of the Deaf-Blind community in
Kentucky who may be interested in participating.
If you would like additional information about the
questionnaire, please contact KCDHH at email@example.com.
To see a video about the questionnaire, click here.
KCDHH’s Moore Named Communicator of
The Kentucky Association of Government Communicators (KAGC) has
named Virginia Moore, Executive Director of KCDHH, as its 2021
Communicator of the Year. The annual awards celebration was held
virtually Thursday, September 23, honoring the very best in
A familiar face on Governor Andy Beshear’s
COVID-19 briefings, Moore has led a tireless effort in providing this
service. “Thank you, but I’m nothing without my team,” the award winner
said. “The pandemic has opened the door to understand just how many are
affected by hearing loss and how KCDHH has been able to make a
difference. This is quite the unexpected honor, and it’s truly
KCDHH staff and volunteers were also recipients of the following
Audio Long Program:
Excellence Award to Virginia L. Moore, KCDHH Staff &
Kentucky Sports Radio for “KSR’s Meet Virginia Moore”
Working Without a
Excellence Award to Virginia
Moore for “Virginia Moore
Signs Song During Governor's Press Briefing”
Web Based Media:
Honorable Mention to Jim Rivard for “Coronavirus Accessible Communications for DHH”
Honorable Mention to Virginia
Moore/Reb Kreutzer for “Governor's Press Briefing Updates”
Excellence Award to KCDHH Team for “Coronavirus Accessible
Communications for DHH”
Excellence Award to KCDHH Team for “KCDHH Mask Up for
Communicator of the
Year awarded to Virginia
A complete list of winners is available at http://www.kagc.net/.
for Volunteer Interpreting
Rebecca Kreutzer, volunteer Deaf
Interpreter, pictured left, accepted one of the proclamations Governor
Andy Beshear signed declaring June 16 as “Interpreter Appreciation
Day.” The Governor told
attendees that when KCDHH opened the door to language access for the
deaf and hard of hearing in Kentucky, they opened the door to access in
all languages. She is also an KAGC award
winner in the above story.
UK Welcomes KCDHH
The University of Kentucky's College of Communication and Information's
(CI) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and American
Sign Language & Deaf Culture Club (ASLDCC) welcomed
KCDHH’s Virginia Moore — Kentucky's Communicator of the Year for 2021 —
for a presentation on Tuesday, Oct 5.
The event, “Virginia Moore:
Communicating for All Kentuckians,” was held in the UK
Athletics Auditorium at the William T. Young Library. Moore
spoke about accessibility and inclusivity during the global pandemic.
To read the full story, click here.
October is Protect
Your Hearing Month
October is “National Protect Your Hearing Month,” and KCDHH is
urging the public to be aware of the importance of good hearing health
by protecting your hearing. For more information, click on the photo
Following the latest guidance from the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration’s amended authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, Gov. Andy Beshear said that his
administration recommends the following Kentuckians who received a Pfizer
vaccine series get a booster six months after their second
- Individuals 65 and older;
- Those living in a long-term care facility;
- People 18 to 64 who have a medical condition that
increases their risk of severe COVID-19 infection – examples of
these include diabetes, heart, kidney or lung disease, or a BMI
greater than 25; or
- People 18 to 64 who are likely to get exposed at their
place of work – examples of high-risk work environments include
health care and education.
the Governor said for immunocompromised individuals – for example,
people who are undergoing cancer treatment or who are taking a high
dose of an immunosuppressant – a third shot of the Pfizer or Moderna
vaccine is recommended at least 28 days after the second shot. Read
more of the story here.
kynect Opens Oct. 15 for
Previewing Health Plans
Governor Andy Beshear is encouraging Kentuckians to
which opened October 15, to review and compare plans on the state’s new
health care marketplace to see what coverage will best suit their needs
for 2022. Kentuckians can enroll from November 1, 2021, to January 15, 2022. The state-based marketplace relaunch,
recently approved by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services, will allow Kentuckians to access and compare state-managed
health care options, apply for coverage, and complete their enrollment
all on one convenient platform. Read the complete story here.
KCDHH Job Opening
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing is seeking someone to fill an Executive Administrative
Secretary vacancy. 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.
Walk4Hearing was held on Saturday, October 9, at Beckley Creek
Park in Louisville. See photos below.
Keller” Premiere’s October 19
Masters: Becoming Helen Keller examines one of the
20th century’s human rights pioneers in honor of
National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The new documentary
rediscovers the complex life and legacy of author and activist Helen
Keller (1880-1968), who was deaf and blind since childhood, exploring
how she used her celebrity and wit to advocate for social justice,
particularly for women, workers, people with disabilities, and people
living in poverty. Closing the series’ 35th season, American
Masters: Becoming Helen Keller premieres
nationwide Tuesday, October 19 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on KET. And
after the program airs on KET on Oct. 19, you’ll be able to stream the
program here: https://www.ket.org/program/american-masters/
To read more, click on the photo below.
View “We Hear You”
Documentary by October 28
“We Hear You” is a
groundbreaking documentary about hearing loss, the invisible disability
that impacts 430 million people worldwide, including 48 million in the
United States alone. By shining a light on the hearing loss experience,
it strives to build awareness, community, and a more inclusive world
for all. To watch “We Hear You”
by October 28, click on the picture below.
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.
Ohio Association of the Deaf Day Special Events
Association of the Deaf will be hosting Deaf Day at King’s Island on
October 16. Visit http://www.oad-deaf.org/events.html
or click here for
October’s KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is
with James “Eddie” Runyon, who is an AARP representative on KCDHH’s Commission
Board. Eddie’s hometown is Pikeville where he attended Pikeville High
School. He received his Associate of Arts Degree in Business and
Industrial Security and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Loss
Prevention from Eastern Kentucky University. He also attended Gallaudet
University in Washington, DC. Eddie works as a Kentucky Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Discrimination Investigator and
currently lives in Richmond with his wife, Yvette, son, Brock, and
daughter, Triniti. Read more here.
YouTube Announces New Caption/Audio Features
lifted previous limitations to its accessibility features for live
streams with new improvements for its caption and audio capabilities,
along with more features meant to make content more accessible to all
types of viewers. The most recent change should make live streams more
accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Read more here.
New Device Levels Playing Field for DHH Gamers
It is an
industry first for the gaming world — an audio-radar experience that
helps gamers who are deaf and hard of hearing visualize sounds using an
LED display. The technology turns the subtle sounds made during
gameplay into bands of light on six LED bars that surround a TV or
monitor. It lets gamers see what they can't hear by plugging it into
their XBox, PlayStation, or computer. Read
Amazon Adds New Speech Setting to Alexa App
Amazon announced it is adding a new feature
to the Alexa app, available on iOS and Android, that
forces Alexa to wait longer in order for a person to finish speaking.
This functionality, which is opt-in, will be helpful to those who have
a speech impairment. It will make Alexa feel more useful and,
crucially, more inclusive. Read more here.
Sign-Speak Enables Business to Interact with DHH
Sign-Speak technology enables businesses everywhere to communicate
more effectively with deaf and hard of hearing clients and employees.
Click on the photo below to learn more about Sign-Speak.
PLEASE VISIT KCDHH’S
IF YOU HAVE AN
EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO LIST
ON THE CALENDAR,
PLEASE EMAIL US AT:
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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
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
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.