KCDHH Reflects on 40 Years During National
Deaf History Month
In April, as National Deaf History Month recognizes and
celebrates accomplishments of people who are deaf and hard of hearing,
the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) celebrates
its 40th anniversary this year through a look back at the history and
successes of the organization.
“The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has
a rich history and track record of advocacy and providing information and
services to the Commonwealth’s deaf and hard of hearing community and to
anyone whose life is affected by hearing loss,” said Virginia L. Moore,
KCDHH Executive Director. “We didn’t achieve that success overnight and
we are grateful for the four decades the state has helped us work toward
our goals, both completed and ongoing.” To read more, click here.
DeaFestival Held in Conjunction with KSD’s 200th
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 below to visit the DF website.
COVID-19 Positivity Rate Continues to Decline
On March 14, Governor Andy Beshear announced that the
COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline, with a decrease marked
each day during the past week. As a result, the Governor is pausing the
standing weekly COVID news conferences but said, as needed, he will
continue to keep Kentuckians informed of the virus.
“We know so much more about the virus and how to fight it.
In many ways, it has become a part of our daily lives,” said Gov Beshear.
“If today is the last update we give, living with COVID is not ignoring
COVID. It is having the information to be empowered to make the right
decision and to protect ourselves.”
RIT/NTID Offering In-Person Summer Programs for DHH
Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical
Institute for the Deaf 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 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).
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.
For more information, please click here.
KCDHH TAP Advisory
KCDHH has three vacancies on its Telecommunications Access Program
(TAP) Advisory Board, which advises the TAP on assistive technology for
deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired consumers. KCDHH is looking for
enthusiastic, creative individuals eager to participate in the TAP’s
mission to provide access to telecommunications for deaf, hard of hearing
and speech-impaired consumers in the state of Kentucky through the
distribution of specialized telecommunications equipment. Individuals
interested in the speech-impaired consumer representative seat or the two
deaf seats should submit a statement of interest and a current resumé to
Jessica Endler, TAP Program Coordinator, 632
Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601or email Jessica at
KCDHH Spotlight Q&A
is with Toni Jo Stinson, who is Administrative Specialist II at KCDHH. Stinson’s
hometown is Cincinnati, OH, where she attended St. Rita School for the
Deaf. Upon graduation from St. Rita’s, she attended Mt. St. Joseph, also
in Cincinnati. Stinson is the mother of Maureen Hadley (husband Troy) and
Mae Stinson. She is also grandmother to Luke and his sibling, expected
this month. Stinson lives in Louisville. Click here
for the full story.
Scholarship Deadline, May 13
its fourth year, the TDI Communication Access Scholarship Program is
accepting applications. This program is available to all deaf and
hard-of-hearing students graduating from high school this year. The scholarship
application encourages deaf and hard-of-hearing students to innovate and
bring forth ideas for addressing the communication challenges that the
deaf and hard-of-hearing community faces. Applications can be completed
online or can also be mailed and must be postmarked by the May 13, 2022. Applicants will be
notified before September of the award. For full scholarship details on
eligibility, requirements, and application, click on the photo below.
for BHSM Recognition Award
Hamilton Relay, the
contracted service provider for KCDHH’s telecommunications equipment, is
seeking your assistance in identifying candidates for the Hamilton Relay
2022 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award.
They are looking for individuals who are hard of hearing, late
deafened or have difficulty speaking and who have been a positive
influence in Kentucky, demonstrating commitment to volunteerism,
leadership, advocacy and enhancing the lives of
those around them. Award recipients are honored during the month of May
and will be featured on the Hamilton Relay website and under the Awards
tab of the Hamilton Relay Facebook page.
To nominate someone in Kentucky, complete and submit the online
form below by April 8 to Peggy Ward, Kentucky Outreach Coordinator,
338 Hickory Place Nashville, TN 37214, or fax it to 615-739-7990.
ALDAcon 2022 Registration Is
has officially opened for the October 19-23 convention in San Diego. That
rate is $50 less than the Early Bird Special and a full $80 less than the
full rate! Sign up now for some great savings to reserve your space.
Remember you must be a member to take advantage of the lower rates and
our EZ Pay Plan. Sign up or renew
your membership now to take advantage of this amazing 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 logo
Instagram Makes Its Platform More
Accessible to DHH People
Instagram has announced the arrival of
automatically generated subtitles for videos on its application. On March
1, the social network announced that auto-generated captions for videos
are now available to allow deaf and hard of hearing people to enjoy
Instagram. Read more here.
Updating Live Transcribe to Translate Audio/Video
Live Transcribe now allows you to translate speech offline, anytime and
anywhere. To assist those individuals who suffer from hearing loss,
Google is upgrading the Live Transcribe that will now let you translate
videos as well as audios from the device, even when offline. Read more here.
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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.