VOLUME 40, NO. 12                                                                          DECEMBER, 2022


 KCDHH Says Goodbye to 2022


 By Virginia Moore, Executive Director


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Description automatically generated with low confidenceI can remember my grandparents and later my parents saying, “wow where did the time go…the holidays seem to get here so fast.” At the time, I thought “geez, time seemed to stand still for me.” Well, I now know that age has something to do with how fast time goes by. Apparently, the older you are…age = the speed of time. So, I guess I am now my grandparents and parents by saying geez where did the time go?


Here are a few of our highlights for 2022…


•KCDHH spent time getting used to working with the public again and started in-person outreach;

•Partnering with other agencies, such as Vocational Rehabilitation and establishing the first ever deaf and hard of hearing job fair at DeaFestival;

•Partnering with the Department of Emergency Management and establishing, for the first time, a seat with the core Emergency Management team during a disaster;

•Partnering with the Hear Mores Project;

•Working with Hands and Voices, KYRID and other organizations;

•Merging Cabinets to become an agency of the Labor and Education Cabinet;

•State workers receiving pay increases for the first time since 2015;

•Having “communication disorder” added to previous legislation to allow law enforcement officers to see the status during traffic stops;

•Witnessing the Governor signing Bella’s Bill that adds congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) to the list of congenital disorders in the newborn screening program;

•KCDHH continues to provide interpreting services as the Governor gives weekly Kentucky team updates; and

•Adding new employees to the KCDHH staff list.


Happy Holidays everyone and please take time to cherish one another.  Wave to your neighbor, say thank you to the grocery bagger, and be kind to others.  Time does go by fast so let’s cherish each minute and make the most of it!



The KCDHH staff would like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday and all the best in the year to come!



Signing Santa is Coming to Town!


Signing Santa is coming to two Kentucky towns for deaf and hard of children to visit: Friday, December 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.,

Kosair Charities Center, 982 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, contact Amanda Mobley, amobley@calky.org, 606-875-7550;

Saturday, December 17, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Madison County Public Library, 507 West Main Street, Richmond, information: RSVP info@kyhandsandvoices.org.






Kentucky Hands & Voices Trivia Night & Silent Auction


KCDHH staff participated in Kentucky Hands & Voices Trivia Night on December 2 at Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort. All proceeds benefitted Kentucky Hands & Voices. Best costumes awards went to The Grinch-1st place (Bill Grunden), the Christmas Story Leg Lamp-2nd place (Blake Campbell), and Elves on a Shelf-3rd place (Kallie Morgan, Rachel Morgan Kincaid). See the photo below.


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#PrepYourHealth: Tips for Holiday Travel


Holiday travel often includes visiting loved ones or taking a vacation. Whether you’re seeking a winter wonderland or an escape from subzero temperatures, follow these travel tips to stay healthy and safe during the holiday travel season. Click here.



Real ID Deadline Extended…Again to May 25, 2025


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has once again extended the deadline for Americans to have a Real ID for access to air travel and military bases. The new enforcement date for the Real ID Act — first passed by Congress in 2005 — is May 7, 2025. The deadline had been May 3, 2023. Read more here.



Kentucky Hamilton Relay Offering $500 Scholarships


Kentucky Hamilton Relay is offering scholarships to seniors in Kentucky who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, or have difficulty speaking.  All candidates are required to submit an application, write an essay under the topic of communication technology and provide a letter of recommendation in order to qualify. The scholarship deadline is January 31, 2023, and applications must be received or postmarked by that date. The scholarship is in the amount of $500, and the winner will be determined on or before March 1, 2023. For more information, contact Peggy Ward, Outreach Coordinator at peggy.ward@hamiltonrelay.com or 615-739-7990. To download the application, click 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.


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December’s (2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is with Ms. Theresa Lott, who joined KCDHH in November as an Interpreter. Ms. Lott’s hometown is Amityville, Long Island, NY. She graduated from Amity (NY) Memorial High School and earned her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in the Interpreter Education at Wilson (NC) Community College. Ms. Lott presently lives in Frankfort. Read more here.



Tickets on Sale for KSD Gala, April 15, 2023


Early bird ticket sales for the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s 200th Anniversary Gala celebration will continue through December 31. Tickets are $125 per person and will increase to $175 after December 31. Tickets may be purchased online here.


HLAA Convention 2023 Call for Papers


HLAA 2023 is coming to New Orleans, June 29-July 1, 2023 and anticipating more than 25 educational workshops geared toward people with hearing loss. If you are interested in presenting, submit a proposal by December 9, 2022. For instructions and information on submitting a proposal, click here.


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 here.




Apple Highlights Accessibility Features in New Ad Campaign


Apple released a new ad campaign in an attempt to empower users with disabilities during International Day of Person with Disabilities on December 3. The new ad sheds light on the various accessibility features of Apple devices including vision, hearing, mobility, and cognitive. Read more here.


Amazon Adds New Accessibility Features to Echo Show


With Gestures, you can now interact certain Echo Show devices without needing to touch the screen. Amazon has also added text to speech and tap to Alexa. To see how to use these features, click 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

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