VOLUME 40, NO. 5                                                                                           MAY, 2022


KCDHH Executive Director

Member of Pegasus Parade


Virginia Moore was one of several state celebrities that rode in the Derby Festival’s 2022 Pegasus Parade, “Loving Louisville,” on Sunday, May 1 in downtown Louisville. The parade is normally the Thursday before the Derby but the Festival Committee changed it to Sunday so families would be able to attend. This was the first fully attended parade since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



  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.



  Pikeville Driver Licensing Regional Office Opens


On April 27, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Pikeville will be the future site of a Driver Licensing Regional Office opening this summer. The office will open in its permanent location and include space to house Kentucky State Police driver testing services. There are 23 Driver Licensing Regional Offices strategically located across the state to serve residents from any Kentucky county – regardless of where they live – who need to request, replace or renew a driving credential and do not require testing. Kentuckians also have the option to renew credentials online or by mail. At least 31 regional offices will be open by the end of this year.





The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.


The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. For eligibility criteria and to enroll, visit here.



Don’t Forget to Vote Tomorrow! Bring Your Photo ID!


You'll need to bring a photo ID with you following a new law passed in 2020 that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls.  Your Kentucky driver's license is sufficient, and so are military, college and Kentucky government IDs. You also can get a free, state-issued ID card if you're at least 18 years old. (Those are available at local circuit court clerk's and regional driver's license offices.) If you don't have one, you can sign a special form at the polls and show poll workers your Social Security card; an ID card of any kind that includes your photo and your name; a food stamp, electronic benefit transfer or supplemental nutrition assistance cards that list your name; or a credit or debit card that lists your name. You also could get your identity confirmed if you personally know an election officer.



The KCDHH office will be closed Monday, May 30.




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.



Governor/First Lady Invite Artists to Contribute to Gallery


Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invite Kentuckians to lend their artistic talents to the Team Kentucky Gallery, which is located in two main halls of the state Capitol in Frankfort. Selected artworks will be displayed for a six-month rotation in the Capitol and on the Team Kentucky Digital Art Gallery, where the artists can provide additional information. After each rotation, artworks are returned to the artists. The current rotation runs until June 30, 2022. The next rotation will begin July 1 and run until December 31, 2022. The deadline to submit artwork for consideration for the fall 2022 exhibit is Friday, June 3, 2022. Artworks will be selected by the second week of June, and artists will be notified shortly thereafter. For submission information, click here.





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. 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.




Kentucky 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.











May (2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is with Blake Campbell, who is Information Coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at KCDHH. Campbell’s hometown is Louisville, where he attended duPont Manual High School’s deaf program. Upon graduation from Manual, he attended Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students in Washington, DC. He majored in Communication Studies and minored in Photography. He resides in Louisville with his Australian Shepherd, Zora, and two cats, Zovelli and Zayla. 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.





Windows 11 to Have New Touch Gestures, Start Menu Folders, More


Microsoft is adding five new touch gestures to Windows 11 soon that will hopefully make it easier to use tablets. Live Captions will soon be built into Windows 11 and can be easily activated with a Winkey + CTRL + L shortcut. This feature will greatly benefit people who are deaf or hard of hearing and is also available for anyone to use as it'll be automatically generated on-device from any content that includes audio. Captions may float in a window or be displayed at the top or bottom of a screen. Read more here.


Project IRIS Make Smart Phones Accessible for DHH


The limitations of telecommunication relay services are being addressed with the development of a new program that explores how to make deaf and hard-of-hearing users’ experiences with cellular devices truly equal to those of hearing users. Project IRIS, a partnership between the Center on Access Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf and MITRE Corp., proposes to create a single-number phone system that encompasses the communications functions already built into smartphones. It includes video relay services, call captioning services, and Next Generation 911, an emergency response system that would make placing emergency calls accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. 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




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