VOLUME 40, NO. 8                                                                             AUGUST, 2022


Donate to Eastern Kentucky Flood Victims


Our hearts go out to the flood victims of Eastern Kentucky. If you would like to make a donation, Governor Andy Beshear has established the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the floods and the severe weather system beginning July 26. Click here to make your donation online or to view information on how to mail in a donation.



Coming to DeaFestival? Here’s Some Helpful Hints

DeaFestival is just a few weeks away and we hope you’re making plans to attend! The event will be Saturday, September 3, in the Norton Center for the Arts on the campus of Centre College in Danville. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.


There will be plenty of parking around Centre College campus, Ephraim McDowell Hospital, the Presbyterian Church (handicapped parking located here), Toliver Elementary School, and on the Kentucky School for the Deaf campus. No need to worry that you’ll have too many steps to make. Shuttles will run every 15 to 20 minutes from and to all locations. Just remember, to return to your vehicle, you will need to catch the shuttle at the same location where you were dropped off. You can review the shuttle and parking map online here.


Some additions to this year’s DeaFestival include the Julie Beth Hayden Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., co-sponsored by DeaFestival, Kentucky Career Center, and Vocational Rehabilitation. Approximately 30 companies will be on site to conduct interviews. Interpreters will be available and no appointments are necessary. If you get hungry, there will be a number of food trucks located nearby.


The children’s program begins at 9:45 a.m. in Weisiger Theatre. Newlin Hall will play host to both Spotlights (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and Jam Tent (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Shoppers will also have an opportunity to visit the Elizabeth “Cookie” Williams Art Gallery and check out a variety of arts and crafts for sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  


We’d like to thank this year’s sponsors: Teltex, Heuser Hearing Institute, Hamilton Relay, City of Danville, Julie Beth Hayden Foundation, and Bluegrass Community Action.


Click the DeaFestival logo to visit the DF website and click on the Checkout the DeaFestival Kentucky 2022 Facebook by clicking here.


NOTE: As we are still experiencing Covid, we recommend that you take precautions and wear a mask at DeaFestival.



Flood Victims Register on Team Kentucky


If you were affected by the flooding in Eastern Kentucky that began on July 26 and have needs like sheltering, financial assistance or other needs, there may be an organization that can help. Please register online to help us determine how Team Kentucky and their partners can meet your post-disaster needs. Register here. For a list of resources available, visit flood resources. Resources are added as they become available.


If you are deaf or hard of hearing and lost your phone during the flood, please contact the KCDHH office at 502-573-2604 (V), 502-416-0607 (VP), or 800-372-2907. You can also find more information about our Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) by clicking here.



International Day of Sign Languages, September 23


The World Federation of the Deaf extends an invitation to join them for the 2022 celebration of the International Day of Sign Languages on Sept. 23. The WFD will once again highlight the unity generated by sign languages. They ask all country leaders - whether Prime Ministers, Presidents, other government officials, members of parliaments, members of city council – to sign this year’s theme “Sign Languages Unite Us!” in their national sign language. For more information about this challenge, please click here.



International Week of Deaf People: September 19-25


The World Federation of the Deaf will celebrate International Week of Deaf People on Sept. 19-25. This year’s theme is building inclusive communities for all. Daily themes include: Sept. 19-Sign Languages in Education, Sept. 20-Sustainable Economic Opportunities for Deaf People, Sept. 21-Health for All, Sept. 22-Safeguarding Deaf People in Times of Crisis, Sept. 23-Sign Languages Unite Us!, Sept. 24-Intersectional Deaf Communities, and Sept. 25-Deaf Leadership for Tomorrow. For more information, click here.



Tickets on Sale for KSD Gala, April 15, 2023


Early bird tickets for the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s 200th Anniversary Gala celebration went on sale June 1 and will continue through December 31. Tickets may be purchased online here. Tickets can also be purchased during DeaFestival at the KSD booth on September 3 at Centre College in Danville. On November 5, tickets will be sold during KSD’s Pancake Day at KSD’s Grow Hall, Danville. The Gala will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at the Hilton Hotel Downtown, Lexington. Early bird tickets are $125 per person. After the deadline, tickets will be $175 per person. For more information, click on the graphic.




Hidden Legacies of Helen Keller Coming to Louisville


The  American Printing House for the Blind (APS) and the Filson Historical Society, both in Louisville, are sponsoring a two-day symposium on September 17-18 at APS that explores, from dynamic and diverse perspectives across the spectrum of disability history scholarship and experiences, the hidden historical legacy and context of this great American. Standard admission is $75 person and $25 for students. Admission for APH staff and Filson Historical Society members is free. To register for the symposium, click here.



KY Hands & Voices Family Retreat


Do you have a child with hearing loss between the ages of five and 17? Make plans to join Kentucky Hands & Voices on October 14-16 at the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky for an amazing family retreat. IT'S FREE! Space is limited, so apply early. Activities include fishing, archery, mini golf, swimming, horseback riding, crafts, woodworking, and more! Register here.




KCDHH Needs You…


The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a state agency within the Education and Labor 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. If you are interested in this position, see more by clicking here.













August’s (2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is with Jayna Oakley, who is the Information Office Supervisor at KCDHH. Oakley’s hometown is Lexington. She graduated from Bryan Station High School and was a member of the first girls’basketball team. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Oakley lives in Lexington. Read more here.




ALDAcon 2022 Registration Is Officially Open!


ALDAcon registration continues with the Early Bird Special rate for the October 19-23 conference in San Diego at the Four Points Sheraton. That rate is $30 less than the full rate, and is available until June 30! Sign up now to lock in your savings and reserve your space. Remember you must be a member to take advantage of this special rate and/or the EZ Pay Plan. Sign up or renew now to take advantage of this great discount! Do you know someone who would enjoy ALDAcon? You can gift them a membership!


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.




New Glasses for DHH Display Subtitles While People Speak


A British startup called XRAI Glass is behind the technology that could allow millions of people who are deaf or hard of hearing to see in-person conversations they cannot hear. The glasses use augmented reality (AR) technology, and a phone app provides the live transcription. Currently, the app is only supported on Android, but the company is seeking to get approval for iPhone usage as well. Read about all the features here.


How to Use iOS 16's Expanded Sound Recognition Tool


Apple's sound recognition tool, which allows users to be alerted when their phones detect specific sounds in their environments, is getting both a fun and useful customization upgrade with iOS 16. The new accessibility feature lets iPhone owners create and record their own alert sounds, rather than relying on the pre-programmed options for household, people, and environmental sounds, to help deaf users be alerted to actions happening around them. Read more here.









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





632 Versailles Road

Frankfort, KY 40601

502-573-2604 V | 502-416-0607 VP | 800-372-2907 Toll Free

kcdhh.ky.gov | kcdhh@ky.gov