VOLUME 40, NO. 6                                                                                         JUNE, 2022


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.



Celebrate Juneteenth on June 19. This day commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War was over and slavery in the United States was abolished. Visit the official site here.


London Driver Licensing Regional Office Opens


The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has opened a NEW Driver Licensing Regional Office in London, Carnaby Square Shopping Center,
845 South Main Street, London 40741, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST. 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. For more regional locations, click here. To make an appointment, click here. To signup from home, click here.





DeaFestival 2022 Booth Spaces Now Available


Applications for exhibitors, vendors, and crafters to apply for DeaFestival booth space are now available. Click here to apply. 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. 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.




Make Plans Now to Purchase KSD Gala Tickets


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. 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 below.



Endler Graduates from Emerging Leaders Program


Congratulations to KCDHH’s Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) Coordinator Jessica Endler, who graduated from the Emerging Leaders Program on June 1. Jessica was one of 15 employees chosen to participate in the one-year ELP to develop talent and create a pipeline of up-and-coming leaders. The program also had a project component that required participants to develop and present their project for approval, then present the results to a review panel in an end of the year presentation. Jessica developed and completed a resource guide, “Hiring Deaf and Hard of Hearing Employees.” This resource manual is a guide for employers in the hiring process of deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Pictured above, Jessica receives her certificate from Education and Labor Cabinet Secretary Jamie Link.



ASL at Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, Louisville


The 62nd season of the FREE Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park in Louisville will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for some of their performances. The Festival began in May and will conclude on August 7. To check the schedule for ASL performances, click on the graphic below.



40th Annual Deaf Youth Sports Festival (MDO) July 10-16


The 2022 Deaf Youth Sports Festival (MDO) will be part of the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s (KSD) 200th Anniversary celebration and set for July 10-16 at KSD in Danville. Deaf Youth Sports Festival, formerly known as the Mini Deaf Olympics (MDO), is a program, organized to challenge deaf or hard of hearing youth to discover their potential through sporting competitions and directed activities with their peers. It is also an opportunity for deaf or hard of hearing youth to learn valuable communication and social skills to enhance their abilities to become proactive members in their communities. To participate, children must be deaf or hard of hearing, ages five to high school. For more information to apply, click here. For a schedule of events, click here.



Free ACT Retake Day for Kentucky Public School Students


Gov. Beshear announced May 26 that incoming Kentucky high school seniors who have previously taken the ACT will be eligible to take the test for free a second time during a statewide ACT retake day in the fall of 2022. The announcement follows national data showing students are more likely to increase their score by retaking the test a second time. The date of the free retake day will be designated by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) in the fall of 2022. More information on the date and locations will be provided to local school districts in the coming months.






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.



RIT/NTID Offering In-Person Summer Programs for DHH

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NIT) in Rochester, N.Y., is providing summer program experiences designed for deaf and hard of hearing middle school and high school students. The programs are presented in American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English, are certified by the New York State Department of Health, and incorporate National Science Education Standards. Health Care Careers Exploration Program, scheduled for July 23-28, is for students entering 10th-, 11th-, or 12th grade who are interested in a career in the health care field. TechBoyz™ and TechGirlz™ programs, scheduled for July 23-28, are designed to help students learn about and consider jobs and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. For more information and to apply, contact Mark Sommer, director of NTID Pre-College Outreach, at 585-475-7695 (voice), 585-286-4555 (videophone) or 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.












June’s (2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is with O.J. Disney II, who is the Document Processing Specialist II at KCDHH. Disney’s hometown is Louisville, where he graduated from Seneca High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Disney is married to Tracy and they are the parents of Luke and Katie. They live in Shelbyville. Click here for the full story.




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!


Scholarships Available to Attend ALDAcon 2022


If you need financial help in order to attend ALDAcon 2022, you may be eligible to receive an ALDAcon scholarship. Scholarships can provide up to full registration and hotel costs. The requirements to apply are:

•You are a current paid-up member of ALDA or are willing to become one

•You are deaf or hard of hearing

•You have genuine need of financial support to attend ALDAcon 2022

•You plan to attend all 5 days and commit to participating in daily workshops and other conference activities.

•You have not previously been awarded two scholarships to ALDAcon.


If you answered "yes" to these questions, then you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship to attend ALDAcon 2022. Click here for complete information concerning scholarship requirements and the scholarship application process.


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.




Best Apps for Hard of Hearing 2022: BEST Deaf Apps (ALL FREE!)


Audiologist Matthew Allsop highlights his top 5 FREE apps for people with hearing loss. If you struggle to hear in background noise, struggle to hear the television, or struggle to hear phone calls, Matthew has an app for you. Click on the photo below to watch the video.



Apple (AAPL) Announces New Accessibility Features


Apple announced the new iOS 16 on June 6, which will accompany all iPhone models starting with iPhone 13, going all the way down the generational chain to iPhone 8. The first open beta build of iOS 16 will be officially launched sometime during July at beta.apple.com. In relation to the beta version, it is important to mention that one of the new additions, Live Captions, will only be available for iPhone 11 and newer. LiveCaptions makes it easier for the Deaf and hard of hearing to follow along while enjoying content or during a conversation. Read more here.


Pin Up to Three Videos Simultaneously in Google Meet


Google Meet will now let you “multipin” things during video calls including participant’s feeds and active presentations. For example, someone who is deaf or hard of hearing could pin their sign language interpreter and the presentation being discussed at the same time, making it much easier to track with the flow of the meeting without having to switch back and forth. Read more here.


Xbox Led by Example on Global Accessibility Awareness Day


Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) was once on May 19, and Xbox has implemented some great additions to bolster accessibility for gamers worldwide. A brand new American Sign Language (ASL) Xbox Twitch Channel has also been announced, wherein viewers can expect to watch a range of fantastic games being played on Xbox for approximately 25 hours a week. Read more here.


Netflix Expands Audio Descriptions and Subtitles for DHH


Netflix announced May 19 that it is expanding its language availability of Audio Descriptions (AD) and Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDH), which started in May, although the project will spread into 2023. The announcement comes as part of the streamer's celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Read more here.


Weekly App Info: Snapchat Checkup, Twitter Drama, TikTok Games


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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

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