Kentucky Third in Nation for New Daily Covid-19 Cases
Due to a recent Kentucky Supreme Court
decision, legislators are now responsible for implementing any state of
emergency in the commonwealth from this point forward, including
matters related to COVID-19. During a three-day special session
lawmakers gaveled to a close on September 9, the Kentucky General
Assembly voted to extend some emergency executive actions, eliminate
others, try new strategies to mitigate COVID-19, and provide relief to
institutions strained by the pandemic. Those include schools, hospitals,
nursing homes, and businesses. Click here for more information.
These laws also place any emergency
regulations mandating masks at public schools and daycare centers in
the hands of local officials and business owners. This comes at a time
when the governor reports that Kentucky currently ranks third in the nation
for the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases per capita, with a
seven-day average of approximately 90 new cases reported per 100,000
Kentucky is home to six of the
country’s top 10 counties–and 12 of the top 25–in COVID-19 incidence
rate, according to data compiled by the New York Times. Perry County has the
nation’s highest incident rate over the last two weeks with 65 average daily
cases per 100,000 residents. Clay, Whitley, Russell, Grayson and
Rockdale counties are also in the top 10. To see all Kentucky counties,
of Deaf People 2021
Living with hearing
loss comes with challenges, and KCDHH is encouraging Kentuckians to
learn about advocacy, support, therapies, and technology that are
available, especially during the pandemic. During International Week of
Deaf People, Sept. 20-26, KCDHH is highlighting ongoing efforts for
social inclusion, communication during a crisis, and awareness of
organizations that support people who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Visit kcdhh.ky.gov for more
Get Ready! We Need
KCDHH’s Deaf-Blind Community Study Group will launch its “Questionnaire for Kentucky’s
Deaf-Blind Constituents” on Friday, October 1. 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. The
deadline for completing the questionnaire will be Friday, October 29. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Do You Know the Different Sounds of Fire Safety?
This year, during Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9,
the theme is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety.” Some smoke alarms have strobe
lights that flash to warn people who are deaf or hard of hearing. There
are also bedside alert devices, such as pillow or bed shakers, which
are activated by the sound of smoke and CO alarms. This week, make sure
your alarms are in proper working condition, and teach everyone in the
home about the sounds of your smoke and CO alarms. Visit KCDHH’s
website to learn about the Telecommunications
Access Program equipment that is available to Kentucky residents
who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, or have combined
hearing and vision loss. Learn about the sounds of fire safety by
clicking the photo below.
Kentucky Walk4Hearing Scheduled October 9
The annual Kentucky Walk4Hearing will be held on
Satuday, October 9, at Beckley Creek Park in Louisville. To register,
visit the website by clicking on the logo below. For more information,
contact Katie Fromholt, Walk Chair, email@example.com
or Ronnie Adler, Senior Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kentucky Driver Licensing Has New Home!
Through a phased transition ending June 30, 2022, all Kentuckians
will eventually visit Driver Licensing Regional Offices operated by the
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in targeted zones across the state to
apply for or renew an operator license, permit, or ID card instead of
visiting the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in their county of residence.
The gradual shift is more than a change in locations. It represents a
new licensing model that provides Kentuckians with modern services that
offer more choices in how they want to be served, including online
license renewal! Click the photo below to learn more about
Kentucky’s next level licensing.
Project CARAT Reutilizing AT/DME
To improve the health and quality of life for
individuals with disabilities in Kentucky, Project CARAT has
established an Assistive Technology/Donated Medical Equipment (AT/DME)
reutilization program. The program takes in used, donated medical
equipment, refurbishes, sanitizes, and redistributes it to individuals
in need at no cost to them.
Many people in Kentucky have limited access to
appropriate assistive technology (AT) and durable medical equipment
(DME) such as hearing aid batteries, specialized telephones, alert
systems, wheelchairs, walkers, and bath seats. These individuals may
lack health insurance or cannot access their health insurance benefits due
to high deductibles.
Click here to access Project CARAT’s request and
Click here to access the statewide inventory
Get Employment Help at Kentucky Career Centers
As federal pandemic unemployment insurance (UI) programs expired
on September 6, claimants who need help finding work or career services
can turn to more than a dozen Kentucky Career Center offices across the
commonwealth for help.
“Staff in each of the regional centers can provide job leads and
job search assistance as well as adult education and vocational
rehabilitation services,” said Labor Cabinet Secretary Jamie Link. He
also said staff in centers could provide information about
apprenticeship opportunities and help career professionals overhaul and
polish their resumes.
For more information or to find a Kentucky Career Center near you,
“Meet Virginia Moore” Day Held at
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services held a “Meet Virginia
Moore” event for two days at the State Fair. Fair attendees had the
opportunity to talk with Virginia and pick up information about KCDHH.
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
September’s KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is
with Melissa Kelly, who is a service provider representative on KCDHH’s
Commission Board. Melissa’s hometown is Louisville where she attended
Seneca High School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Deaf
Education from Eastern Kentucky University in 2003. Melissa currently serves as an
adjunct professor teaching American Sign Language for Sinclair
Community College (OH). She lives in Louisville with her husband,
Louis, son, Brian, and daughter, Elizabeth. Read more here.
How to Add and Edit YouTube Captions
When you make YouTube videos, it's important to consider your audience,
including viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Adding subtitles and
captions is one way to make your videos more accessible so more people
can watch and enjoy your content.
to find out what you need to know to add subtitles and captions to your
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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.