Flood Victims Register on Team Kentucky
If you were affected by the flooding in
Eastern Kentucky that began on July 26 and have needs like sheltering,
financial assistance or other needs, there may be an organization that
can help. Please register online to help determine how Team Kentucky and
their partners can meet your post-disaster needs. Register here.
For a list of resources available, visit flood resources.
Resources are added as they become available.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing and
lost your phone during the flood, please contact the KCDHH office at
502-573-2604 (V), 502-416-0607 (VP), or 800-372-2907. You can also find
more information about our Telecommunications Access Program (TAP) by
emergency sheltering in travel trailers can find more information and
register at governor.ky.gov/FloodResources or call 502-234-1225
Donations can be made at TeamEKYFloodReliefFund.ky.gov.
of Deaf People: September 19-25
The World Federation of the Deaf will
celebrate International Week of Deaf People on Sept. 19-25. This year’s
theme is building inclusive communities for all. Daily themes include:
Sept. 19-Sign Languages in Education, Sept. 20-Sustainable Economic
Opportunities for Deaf People, Sept. 21-Health for All, Sept.
22-Safeguarding Deaf People in Times of Crisis, Sept. 23-Sign Languages
Unite Us!, Sept. 24-Intersectional Deaf Communities, and Sept. 25-Deaf
Leadership for Tomorrow. For more information, click here.
International Day of Sign Languages,
The World Federation of the Deaf extends
an invitation to join them for the 2022 celebration of the International
Day of Sign Languages on Sept. 23. The WFD will once again highlight the
unity generated by sign languages. They ask all country leaders -
whether Prime Ministers, Presidents, other government officials, members
of parliaments, members of city council to sign this year’s theme “Sign
Languages Unite Us!” in their national sign language. For more
information about this challenge, please click here.
FDA to Allow Over the Counter Sales of
The FDA announced in August that people will soon be able to
purchase hearing aids over the counter. While people who work with the
deaf and hard of hearing are optimistic that this could help bring prices
down, they're also concerned that people might skip doctors altogether.
Virginia Moore, Executive Director of the
KCDHH, said high costs are a big problem for people who need hearing
"Hearing aids can be from $1,400 to
$5,000 for just one hearing aid. If you need two, can you just imagine
the cost? You have to take out a loan. It's an issue," she said
The Food and Drug Administration announced
Tuesday a rule they say will improve access and they hope will lower
costs by making certain hearing aids available over the counter.
Under the rule, people with perceived
mild-to-moderate hearing impairment can buy the devices directly from
stores or online without an exam or fitting. The ability to get the
devices without a prescription certainly makes them more accessible for
people who might need them, but Moore is concerned about the idea of
cutting out a professional altogether.
"If your hearing is healthy and your
ear is healthy, maybe then they can say, yes, go to the over-the-counter.
Maybe low-to-moderate would work for you, and that's great because the
cost would help, but you need to get it checked out first. Our fear is
that people won't. They'll go get a hearing aid and wear it, amplify it,
maybe it's not the right amplification. We need to push people to see an
audiologist, an ENT, we need to push people to go see a specialist to
talk about the health of your ear first," she said. Read more here.
Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines
The updated COVID-19 booster provides
protection against the original strain of the virus that causes COVID-19,
as well as the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron
subvariants. These newer subvariants are more contagious and able to
evade protection that your body might have against earlier subvariants.
that everyone ages 12 years and older in the United States receive an
updated COVID-19 booster. Like the original boosters, the updated doses help
restore protection that might have gone down since your last dose.
Everyone who is eligible―including
those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised―is
recommended to receive one dose of the updated bivalent booster at least
two months after their last dose (either the final dose of the primary
series or the last booster shot). Click here
for more information.
988 Mental Health
Crisis Lifeline Here to Help Save Lives
Kentucky has launched the easy-to-remember
three-digit mental health crisis hotline, 988, which connects Kentuckians
facing a risk of suicide, mental health distress or an addiction crisis
to compassionate and trained counselors who can help.
The 988 suicide and crisis lifeline is
available every hour of every day, and counselors respond to calls, chats
or text messages directly from Kentuckians in need as well as those who
are concerned about a loved one who may need crisis support. For more
information, visit the new 988 website at 988.ky.gov.
Therapy is Now Accepting New Clients
National Deaf Therapy (NDT) is a
virtual-based mental health counseling service for the Deaf, DeafBlind,
DeafDisabled, Hard-of-Hearing, and Late-Deafened populations by a team of
Deaf Licensed Therapists.
They have received multiple requests for
information and resources to be shared about Mental Health. NDT provides
mental health therapy services, Wellness Subscription packages, and
mental health training and workshops. They also offer partnership
opportunities and can enroll in your company's EAP program if available.
There are different ways we can support creating access to mental health
You can check out our website to learn
more about KDT here.
$20 Million Grant
to Deliver Internet to Unserved Areas
Gov. Andy Beshear announced August 31 another
$20 million in grant funding to assist eligible internet providers with
utility pole replacement costs. Expenses must be associated with
expanding high-speed internet access in unserved areas, to residents and
businesses currently without access or with low internet speeds. Read
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.
(2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is with Justin Stanley, who is the Policy
Specialist at KCDHH. Stanley’s hometown is Milton, WV. He graduated from
Cabell Midland High School in Ona, WV. He earned his Bachelor of Arts
degree in Classics from the University of Richmond, VA and his Juris
Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Stanley
lives in Lexington with his wife, Christine, and their three dogs. Read
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. 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.
Walk4Hearing Set for October 8
The Kentucky Walk4Hearing will be held on
Saturday, October 8, at the Beckley Creek Park, 1411 Beckley Creek
Parkway. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Stage presentation will be at 9
a.m. and the walk will start at 9:15 a.m. To register your team, click here.
KY Hands &
Voices Family Retreat, October 14-16
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.
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.
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 here.
Expands “Sound Notifications” with Custom Alerts
Android 12 and 13 have a special feature that allows users to set sound
detection notifications so that deaf or hard of hearing users can detect
alarms and important sounds otherwise difficult. Now, Google is expanding
this feature to allow users to record and set custom sound notifications.
Games for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Recently, there have been more
conversations in the gaming community about adding features to a game to
cater to the deaf and hard of hearing gaming population. Four games that
have become benchmarks in cluding deaf and hard of hearing friendly
features include The Last of Us Part II, Moss, Gears 5, and Ratchet &
Clank: Rift Apart. Read about all the features here.
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ON THE CALENDAR, PLEASE EMAIL US AT:
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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
Kentucky Governor News
The official Team Kentucky source for Vaccine
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:
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