VOLUME 40, NO. 10                                                                          OCTOBER, 2022


 Flood Survivors Can Receive SNAP Benefits


Governor Andy Beshear announced September 29 that Kentucky has received approval from the federal Food and Nutrition Service to allow flood survivors in Eastern Kentucky to purchase hot food with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits until November 1. The following counties in Eastern Kentucky are approved for hot food purchases with SNAP benefits: Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Wolfe and Whitley. Residents from Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, Owsley, Perry and Pike counties who are due to recertify or provide a report between August 2022 and January 2023 that would allow the continuation of food assistance now have an additional six months to provide information. For assistance, call 885-306-8959 or go to kynect.ky.gov.



Time to Get Your Booster Shot


KCDHH Executive Director Virginia Moore (see photo) gets her second booster on September 16. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, including all primary series and boosters. For vaccine and booster information, click here.



LFUCG Presents Proclamation to KCDHH


KCDHH staff members Virginia Moore, Executive Director, and Justin Stanley, Policy Specialist, and a volunteer for KCDHH, Jena White, attended a proclamation signing with the Lexington Mayor and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council on September 22. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed September 23 as the International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.



Fire Prevention Week, October 9-15


This week was Fire Prevention Week, October 9 to October 15. If you are deaf or have trouble hearing, KCDHH can help you with equipment. Install a bedside alert such as a bed shaker alarm that works with your smoke alarm to alert you of a fire. Strobe light alarms can be added to your smoke alarms for a visual alert. Visit KCDHH's website to find out more about our Telecommunications Access Program (TAP).



‘Team Kentucky’ Standard License Plate Option Coming


In addition to the current standard license plate design, the commonwealth soon will offer a new “Team Kentucky” standard license plate option. The Team Kentucky design showcases state pride, unity and strength, and pays homage to the commonwealth’s famous Kentucky Bluegrass. The plates will be available for purchase in every county clerk’s office starting Monday, October 24. Fees for standard issue plates remain $21 when it’s time to renew. Kentuckians who would like to purchase the new standard plate before they are due to renew will pay $3. If you would like a new Team Kentucky plate, please contact your county clerk starting Monday, Oct. 24 to confirm the plates are available in your county. View the four plate options below.




Arlen Finke 5K Run/Walk at KSD, October 22


To help promote the 200th Anniversary of the Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD), they will host the Arlen Finke 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. The second annual event will be a 3.1 mile race that will start and finish on the KSD cross-country course on campus. For registration information, click here.



7ll and 988 Town Hall Meeting Set, October 27

Join the Kentucky Relay and Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental, & Intellectual Disabilities Deaf & Hard of Hearing for a town hall meeting to share information about 711 and 988, on Thursday, October 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Adanta, 130 Southern School Road, in Somerset. This meeting will provide information about how these phone numbers, services and resources can help your family, friends, and Kentuckians statewide communicate and stay connected! For more information, contact Peggy Ward at 615-739-7990 or peggy.ward@hamiltonrelaty.com.



November 8 General Election Information


Kentucky’s November 8 general election will decide races for the United States Senate and House of Representatives, the state’s General Assembly and several state high courts. Here’s some essential information for voters:

Absentee voting: This option is available only to registered voters who meet certain criteria, including residents temporarily living out of state or voters who are unable to vote in person because of an illness or disability.

Early in-person voting: All registered voters can vote early and in person on Thursday, November 3, Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.

In-person voting on Election Day: The state’s general election is Tuesday, November 8. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

To vote, you must have registered by October 11. You will need a photo ID that includes your name. Acceptable forms of identification include a Kentucky driver’s license, U.S. passport or other photo ID issued by the federal, state or local government, the military, or a school such as a college or university. For voting information in your county, click here.

For more election and voting information, click on the videos below:





‘Freeze Your Fanny’ for Hands & Voices, December 30


Run. Walk. Bike. Hike. Roll. Crawl. Whatever your mode, join Hands & Voices for the “Freeze Your Fanny Virtual 5K" to welcome in 2023! All registrants will receive a race t-shirt, and the first 500 registrants will receive a custom finisher's medal. Your shirt will ship in December prior to the event. However, if you register AFTER December 1, you may not receive your shirt prior to December 30. Register now for $30 and start raising money. Click here for more information.





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.



October’s (2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is with Rachel Rodgers, who is the Interpreter Referral Specialist at KCDHH. Rodgers’ hometown is Louisville, KY. She graduated from Eastern High School in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in the Interpreting Training Program at Eastern Kentucky University. Rodgers lives in LaGrange with her daughters, Riley and Isabelle. Read more here.



KSD Spelling Bee Dates Set to Begin October 17

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Spelling Bee is a written spelling event and set for several locations. Volunteers are also needed.  Click here for registration information.


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.


HLAA Convention 2023 Call for Papers


HLAA 2023 is coming to New Orleans, June 29-July 1, 2023 and anticipating more than 25 educational workshops geared toward people with hearing loss. If you are interested in presenting, submit a proposal by December 9, 2022. For instructions and information on submitting a proposal, click here.


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 here.




FCC Helps Inmates with Hearing Disabilities Make Calls Easier


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized that technology be made available to inmates with hearing disabilities so that they may be able to communicate with loved ones and lawyers. The FCC, which took the action September 29, also imposed a price cap on what any inmate using such services would have to pay.


The FCC estimates there are about 175,000 people in the nation's prisons, jails, and correctional facilities who are deaf or hard of hearing that could make use of such services, which could include video monitors and cameras to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL). Read the full story 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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