for Storm Victims in 16 Counties
Storm victims in 16 Kentucky counties now have until January
28 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Kentucky
Office of Unemployment Insurance announced. The agency received approval
from the U.S. Department of Labor to extend the deadline for individuals
impacted by the storms that occurred overnight on December 10 to apply
for DUA benefits. Click here
to file a claim.
KCDHH Provides Tornado Victim’s Disaster Line
your help! If you know any deaf or hard of hearing individual who has
been impacted by the tornados and need assistance, they can contact the
KCDHH Disaster Line at 502-319-2457.
For more information, click on the video below.
Free Replacement Hearing Aids for Tornado Victims
The Audiology and Hearing Center in
Paducah will be providing free hearing aids to individuals who may have
lost their hearing aids due to the December 10 tornado. Individuals do
not have to be a patient at the practice, and it does not matter what
brand the lost hearing aids were.
Milliano and Whitney Cope at the Audiology and Hearing Center have committed
to finding replacement hearing aids at no cost to anyone in Western
Kentucky who was directly affected by the storm. Proof of residency in
the affected area is requested in order to receive hearing aids.
residents in need of services should call (270) 554-9894. Our offices are
located at 4570 Pecan Drive, Paducah and 1711 State Rt 121 Bypass North,
Murray. Visit their website by clicking here.
WKY Disaster Survivor Assistance Contacts
that many deaf and hard of hearing consumers, families, and friends may
not have internet due to the storm damage, KCDHH is sending out links for
the sites that can offer assistance.
American Red Cross: Kentucky
Red Cross Phone: 270-442-3574 or 800-RED-CROSS or
text REDCROSS to 90999
FEMA Phone: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY
The Partnership for Inclusive
Disaster Strategies for disaster assistance for people with disabilities:
1-800-626-4959 or email
or visit disasterstrategies.org.
Team Western Kentucky Fund Relief
prayers go out to everyone impacted by the devastating storms across
western Kentucky. To find out how to help families and communities
rebuild, visit TeamWKYReliefFund.ky.gov.
Vaccination Boosters Available for All KY Adults
Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive
order qualifying every person 18 years old or older and living or
working in the Commonwealth to get a COVID-19 vaccination booster six
months after their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19
vaccines, or two months after a single-dose Johnson & Johnson
COVID-19 vaccine. To find COVID-19 vaccines near you, go to vaccines.gov. You can also watch a
video about this by clicking here.
Available to Kentuckians Ages Five+
Kentuckians aged five and older can now register for their
Covid-19 vaccines. Pediatricians recommend that children in this age
group receive two doses of the vaccine. For more information, visit the Team
Kentucky Vaccine website.
Lost Your Covid-19 Vaccine Immunization Card?
If you’ve you lost or misplaced the card
you were given when you received your COVID-19 vaccine, there are several
ways to obtain proof of vaccination:
1. Contact the facility in which you received your COVID-19
vaccine(s) and ask for a printable vaccination record.
2. Proof of vaccination may also be printed from the
Kentucky Immunization Registry (KYIR). Visit the Cabinet
for Health and Family Services Immunization Registry page for more
2022 Martin Luther
King, Jr. Holiday Service
The 2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community
Commemorative Service, from The King Center, Atlanta, Georgia, will broadcast
live on Monday, January 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Facebook, YouTube and
thekingcenter.org. The annual Commemorative Service continues to be the
hallmark of the annual King Holiday Observance. For a complete agenda and
list of speakers for MLK Day events at The King Center, click on the
Mark Your Calendar for National DHH Observances
March 3: World Hearing Day 2022: To Hear for Life, Listen with Care
March 6: National Deaf Youth Day
March 13-April 15: National Deaf History Month
2022 Set: Saturday, September 3
The KCDHH 2022 DeaFestival will take place
at Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College, in Danville on Saturday,
September 3. The team met with staff from the Norton Center in November
and December via zoom to discuss production timelines, logistics, and
festival needs and determined Centre College will be a great host. Watch
for updates on the DeaFestival
website and the KCDHH
There will be four vacancies on the Board of the Kentucky
Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH).
KCDHH is looking for enthusiastic, creative individuals who are
eager to be involved in the next phase of advocacy, education, and change
in the government of the Commonwealth.
must be received by February 28, 2022. For more information, please click here.
KCDHH TAP Advisory
must be received by February 28, 2022
There are two vacancies on the Board of the Kentucky Commission on
the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) Telecommunications Access Program
(TAP) Advisory Board, which advises the TAP on assistive technology for
deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-impaired consumers.
Appointed by the KCDHH Board, the two Speech-impaired Consumer
Representatives’ four-year terms will be effective immediately
upon notification of appointment by the KCDHH Board. Applicants must be
speech-impaired as defined by regulation in 735 KAR 1:010: “A person with
a communication disorder such as stuttering, impaired articulation,
impaired language, or impaired voice that adversely affects the use of
telecommunication access lines.”
Persons interested in the Speech-impaired Consumer Representative
seat should submit a statement of interest and a current resumé to:
Jessica Endler, TAP Program Coordinator, email@example.com or view
more information here. You may also view the video by clicking
January’s (2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is
with Anita Dowd, who is Executive Staff Advisor at KCDHH. Dowd’s hometown
where she attended LaRue County
High School. She attended Gallaudet University and earned her bachelors
of psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. Dowd currently lives in
Lawrenceburg and is the mother of two daughters, Emily and Hannah, and “Neena” to Wyatt and Abby Grace. Read more here.
Lexington Theatre Co. to Provide ASL Interpreters
Theatre Company announced that their
2022 Summer Season will provide ASL Interpreters for Saturday Matinee
performances. Peformances will be
at the Lexington Opera House, 401
West Short Street.
Interpreted shows will be on:
Saturday, July 16, 1 p.m. for Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Saturday, August 6,1 p.m. for Chicago
for ticket information.
Hamilton Relay Offers Scholarship for 2021-22
Telecommunications Relay and Captioned Telephone Service provider for the
state of Kentucky, is offering a $500 scholarship to a graduating high
school senior who is deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or has difficulty
speaking. The applicant must complete a questionnaire and include a
response to an essay question and letter of recommendation. Deadline to
apply is January 30, 2022. Click here to apply.
The 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
or 256-474-0614 (VP/Voice).
KCDHH Needs You…
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing, a state agency within 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.
Deaf Women United Opens Registration
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
Tech Breakthrough For DHH Users
GoVoBo is a significant
breakthrough for the deaf and hard of hearing communities. Developed in a
partnership between University and AppTek, GoVoBo made its debut January 5 at the Consumer
Electronics Show in Las Vegas, as the first universal automatic
captioning and translation application designed specifically for them.
GoBoVo promises to
deliver universal access to live videoconferences and other sources by
combining AppTek's advanced AI-enabled
automatic speech recognition and machine translation technologies. It has
a user-friendly, customizable application driven by the demands and needs
of deaf and hard of hearing users. Read more here.
Develops App to Help Deaf Sister Communicate
Estrella Salazar, a 17-year-old
science whiz from a working-class town near Mexico City, was inspired by
her sister to develop an app to help deaf and hard of hearing Mexicans
communicate more easily. Last year, she started developing an application
to connect Mexican Sign Language (MSL) speakers with hearing users -
allowing people to shift from sign language to text or voice, and vice
versa. To read more and view the video, click here.
Solutions Launches Investment Crowdfunding Campaign
Hi There Solutions, LLC, a mobile
app company that uses artificial intelligence to offer communication
solutions for the deaf and hard of hearing community, as well as their
family and friends, has launched an investment equity crowdfunding
campaign. Regulation equity crowdfunding enable individual investors to
invest in and own a share of a company, with minimum investments starting
at just $500. Read more here.
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
The official Team Kentucky source for Vaccine
Kentucky Registry of Vaccine Location
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
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.