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 email@example.com.
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
Interpreters, Bryan Grubb, Kayla Mullins
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
Hidden Legacies of
Helen Keller Coming to Louisville
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
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
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.
Driver Licensing Regional Office
Offering REAL ID
Driver’s Licenses—31 Statewide Offices
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, the chart below lists
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.