VOLUME 40, NO. 1                                                                                JANUARY, 2022



Deadline Extended 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


KCDHH needs 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.


Doctors Tony 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.


West Kentucky 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


Recognizing 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 Region

Red Cross Phone: 270-442-3574 or 800-RED-CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999

FEMA: Fema Assistance

FEMA Phone: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies for disaster assistance for people with disabilities: 1-800-626-4959 or email

info@disasterstrategies.org or visit disasterstrategies.org.



Team Western Kentucky Fund Relief Accepting Donations


Thoughts and 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.



COVID-19 Vaccine 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 information.



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 photo below.



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



KCDHH DeaFestival 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 Facebook page.



KCDHH Commission Board Vacancies


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.


Note: Applications must be received by February 28, 2022. For more information, please click here.



KCDHH TAP Advisory Board Vacancies


Note: Applications 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, jessica.endler@ky.gov or view more information here.  You may also view the video by clicking here.



January’s (2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is with Anita Dowd, who is Executive Staff Advisor at KCDHH. Dowd’s hometown is Hodgenville  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


The Lexington 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

Click here for ticket information.



Hamilton Relay Offers Scholarship for 2021-22


Hamilton Relay, 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.



Gallaudet University Scholarship Available


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, mattox.suzanne@aidb.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 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.




GoVoBo Promises 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.


Mexican Teen 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.


Hi There 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.









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