VOLUME 40, NO. 7                                                                                     JULY, 2022


DeaFestival Extends Booth Space Deadline to Aug. 5

The deadline for exhibitors, vendors, and crafters to apply for DeaFestival booth space has been extended from July 2 to August 5. Click here to watch a video about exhibiting. The Elizabeth “Cookie” Williams Visual Artist Studio will be located inside the lobby of Norton Center for the Arts. The exhibitors and vendors venue will be located outside under tents.


The 14th Biennial DeaFestival will be held in conjunction with the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s 200th Anniversary celebration and is an educational tool for the public, while celebrating the unique arts, language, and culture of the deaf and hard of hearing community.


The event will be held on Saturday, September 3, in the Norton Center for the Arts on the campus of Centre College in Danville. Click the DeaFestival logo to visit the DF website and click on the KSD logo for a schedule of upcoming 200th events. Checkout the DeaFestival Kentucky 2022 Facebook by clicking here.



Louisville Zoo Hosts Deaf Awareness Day August 20


The Louisville Zoo is celebrating its Fifth Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day with Kentucky Hands & Voices on Saturday, August 20! ASL interpreters will be stationed throughout the Zoo as well as at the Zoo’s front gate for your needs and questions. For more information, contact info@kyhandsandvoices.org or visit their Facebook page here.




Pioneer Playhouse Hosting Accessible Shows


Pioneer Playhouse recently announced that Central Kentucky Interpreter Referral, Inc, will be on hand to make sure shows are accessible to everyone. Please reserve seats by calling 859-236-2747 or emailing Julie at pioneerplayhouse@att.net. Pioneer Playhouse is located at 840 Stanford Road, in Danville. All shows begin at 8:30 pm. For more information, visit the website here.


Dates for ASL-interpreted, family-friendly plays include:

July 20: Southern Fried Nuptials:

Interpreters, Bryan Grubb, Kayla Mullins

August 3: Cockeyed: Interpreters, Bryan Grubb, Emily Riley

Visit their website 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.


Everyone thinks they know Helen Keller’s story. But Keller – an author, activist, fundraiser, advocate, sister, daughter, ambassador, friend, celebrity, and champion of women, people with disabilities, and those living in poverty around the globe – defies easy description. The talks will be accompanied by highlights from the rich archives of the AFB, Keller’s employer for forty years. The AFB collections are now located in the Museum of the APH. On Sunday, September 18, there is an additional opportunity, a behind-the-scenes tour of the AFB Helen Keller Archive at the Printing House.


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.



Accessibility to Emergency Management


In light of the tornadoes and other severe weather related emergencies we have been experiencing, KCDHH has established a study group to establish a network of resources and partnerships in how to provide access to emergency information.


Please watch for future stories and updates on this study group. Anyone who is interested in participating as a member of this study group, please contact KCDHH at 502-573-2604 (V) or 502-416-0607 (VP).



Governor Stops State’s Gas Tax Hike to Provide Relief


On June 2, Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration filed an emergency regulation to freeze the state gas tax and to prevent a 2-cent increase per gallon that would have taken effect July 1. The state gas tax is set by statute, both in its rate and how it is calculated. The current rate of 26 cents was set to increase under a trigger, resulting in a price hike on both regular and diesel fuel. The Governor has looked for ways to relieve the financial burden on Kentuckians and asked the Department of Revenue to file this emergency regulation. Read the full press release here.



Second Lexington Driver Licensing Regional Office

Offering REAL ID Driver’s Licenses—31 Statewide Offices


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has opened a NEW Driver Licensing Regional Office in Lexington.  The new office is located at Spindletop, 2624 Research Park, Lexington, KY 40511.It will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Kentuckians can visit the new office for a full array of driver licensing services, regardless of their county of residence. Services include issuance, renewal or updating of driver licenses, learner permits, commercial driver licenses (CDL) and identification cards. Credentials are available in either standard-issue form or as a REAL ID. Customers also have the option of a four-year or eight-year credential. To schedule an appointment at any of the 31 regional offices, visit here.



Get Your FREE At-Home COVID-19 Tests


Every home in the U.S. is now eligible to order a third round of free at-home tests. Click here to order yours today. With Covid-19 spiking, KCDHH is encouraging everyone to take precautions and consider wearing masks again.


Need help placing an order for your at-home tests? Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).




Summer Camps for DHH Children and Teens


Gallaudet University has released information about upcoming summer camps, family learning vacations, and remedial clinics for deaf and hard of hearing children and teens held throughout the United States. Some programs are designed for the entire family. Most camps require small application fees. Camp information is received from various organizations across the United States and can be viewed by clicking 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.











July’s (2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is with Jim Rivard, who is the Network Analyst II at KCDHH. Rivard’s hometown is East Northport, New York. He graduated from Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Wichita State University and also attended Eastern Kentucky University and Gallaudet College. Rivard is married to Shirley and they are the parents of Jimmy and Brianne. They live in Richmond. 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.




Five Reasons to Buy an Amazon Echo Show


One of the most obvious benefits of the screen on the Echo Show line is that it makes it an easy-to-use video chat device. Several children of deaf parents and hard-of-hearing people I know have an Echo Show to make communication convenient. Even the less tech-savvy people in my family can easily call everyone else like this after it’s set up. Read about all the features here.


Twitter Launches Closed-Caption Toggle on iOS/Android


Twitter recently announced that it is introducing some new features to users. Notably, the social media giant is rolling out a closed-caption toggle feature for all users on iOS and Android. Twitter started testing the switch in April and is now offering it to all users on mobile devices. A CC button will appear in the upper-right corner of the video with subtitles available. You can then tap the switch to enable or disable subtitles. Read more here.


Why Captions are Everywhere and How They Got There


People with hearing loss have a new ally in their efforts to navigate the world: Captions that aren't limited to their television screens and streaming services. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted daily life for people everywhere, but many of those with hearing loss took the resulting isolation especially hard. Captions have long been available on modern television sets and are cropping up more frequently in video conferencing apps like Zoom, streaming services like Netflix, social media video on TikTok and YouTube, movie theatres and live arts venues. Read about all of them here.









COVID-19 Vaccine Resources


If you have tested positive for COVID-19, the chart below lists some guidelines:



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