VOLUME 41, NO. 1
Governor Updates Kentuckians on Health
Beshear updated Kentuckians in early January on influenza, Respiratory
Syncytial Virus (RSV) and COVID-19. The spread of influenza continues to
increase in Kentucky. Eight children have died from the disease, making
this the deadliest flu season for Kentucky children.
activity appears to be declining in the state. People of any age can become
infected with RSV, and most recover within one to two weeks. RSV can be
serious, however, especially for infants and older adults.
Governor said the most recent COVID-19 data shows that the virus is
increasing nationwide. The CDC estimates that the
XBB.1.5 omicron subvariant is now causing an increasing proportion of cases
in the United States. This variant is not expected to cause more severe
disease than other omicron subvariants. He encouraged those who are
eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine booster.
First Week of 2023 Legislative Session Ends
just a few bills, Kentucky lawmakers wrapped up the first week of the 2023
legislative session Friday, January 6, and will return on February 7 to
resume the 30-day session.
advanced House Bill 1, which formalizes an income tax reduction. It
codifies the reduction of the personal income tax from 5% to 4.5% that went
into effect this year as a result of House Bill 8 from the 2022 legislative
session, as well as another 4% decrease, effective next year. HB1 now heads
to the Senate for consideration.
of the session is set to convene on February 7. Lawmakers have until
February 21 to introduce new bills in the Senate and until February 22 to
introduce new bills in the House. The chambers are scheduled to adjourn
sine die on March 30.
action through the Legislative Record webpage, which allows users
to follow a bill’s progression through the chambers. Citizens can also
share their views on issues with lawmakers by calling the General
Assembly’s toll-free message line at 1-800-372-7181.
Open Enrollment Deadline is January 15
Governor said that Kentuckians have until January 15 to shop and enroll for
health and dental coverage starting on February 1 on the state-based
marketplace, kynect. To see plan options, click here or call
1-855-459-6328. The next open enrollment period will begin in November,
with coverage starting January 1, 2024.
Health for a Change: Staying WKY Strong
With the recent
one-year mark of the western Kentucky tornadoes and the stress of the
holidays, it's an important time to be thinking about the mental health of
natural disaster survivors. Help the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
spread the word about this free training event to those that are helping
these survivors. First responders, disaster response teams, long-term
recovery groups, volunteers, nonprofit workers, Family Resource Youth
Service Center (FRYSC) employees, mental health providers, and health care
workers should make plans to attend. The workshop will cover ways to
identify trauma and secondary trauma, teachable coping techniques, common
questions and how to respond to them (adults and youth), resources
available, and how to advocate for more. The workshop is Friday, January 27, at the Kentucky Dam Village Conference Center
in Gilbertsville. Register here.
ASALH Black History Month Virtual Festival Set
Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH),
will hold its third annual Black History Month Virtual Festival, “Black
Resistance.” ASALH was founded in 1915 by Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, the
second African American to earn the doctorate from Harvard University, to
address the dearth of information on the accomplishments of Black people
and to disseminate information on Black life, history, and culture to the
global community. There will be several complimentary (free!) events being
streamed on ASALH TV, which is a YouTube channel. There are also two marquee
events, which require tickets. One will be a virtual program featuring a
conversation with the Lonnie Bunch, who is the Secretary of the Smithsonian
Institution, and the other will be in-person play in Washington, DC on
Shirley Chisholm’s run for presidency in 1972. Registration can be
completed by clicking here or by
LIHEAP Provides Utility Assistance for Louisville Residents
Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services is now
accepting appointments for the annual Crisis Component of the Low Income
Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The program assists income-eligible households in Jefferson County
with home heating costs from January 9 through March 31, 2023, or until
funds are depleted. For eligibility requirements and appointments, visit here.
Increased Child Care Options for Military Families
announced January 12 that Kentucky has been identified as one of the first
states to receive federal approval from the Department of Defense to help
connect military families with quality child care through the Military
Child Care in Your Neighborhood – PLUS program.
Provides childcare fee assistance to eligible military families
when on-base or installation care is unavailable;
· Expands childcare
options for military parents by providing more quality childcare providers
and reduces the cost of care; and
Benefits childcare providers by offering them the opportunity to
increase their income and grow their businesses by including military
currently 145 licensed childcare providers participating. Families taking
part in the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood-PLUS program will
receive a $1,500 monthly stipend to help with child care expenses. The
program is expected to encourage retention in the armed forces. For more
information, visit the website here or call (502)
Record Pay Increase for Veterans Receiving VA Benefits
It’s that time of
year again. VA is increasing compensation payment rates based on the latest
cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) announcement. Beginning January 1, 2023,
Veterans and beneficiaries who receive VA compensation benefits will see an
8.7% increase in their monthly payments—the largest increase in over 30
years. You should see the increased compensation amount
starting with your January 2023 payment. If you do not see a difference in
the amount, contact the VA
regional office near you or
call 800-827-1000. Find out which benefits receive the increase by reading here.
FCC Extends Reply Comment Deadline for Accessible Carceral
Communications Proceeding to March 3
January 5, 2023, the FCC released an Order granting a 45-day extension of
time until March 3, 2023, for filing
reply comments on the Sixth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
(Sixth Further Notice) released on September 30, 2022.
Further Notice seeks comment on, among other things:
- Whether to allow enterprise
registration for Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP
CTS) in correctional facilities;
- Whether to adopt the FCC’s proposal
to extend inmate calling services providers’ TRS-related access
obligations to include Video Relay Service (VRS), IP Relay, and IP CTS
as well as American Sign Language (ASL) point-to-point video calling,
where broadband is available, and analog captioned telephone service
(CTS) where broadband is not available, in jurisdictions with average
daily populations of fewer than 50 incarcerated persons; and
- Whether charges for any inmate
calling services for incarcerated people with disabilities should be
disclosed in accessible formats.
parties may file comments by accessing the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing
System at here. All filings must reference WC Docket No.
12-375. People with disabilities who need assistance to file comments
online may request assistance by email to FCC504@fcc.gov.
Peter Cook Returns to Kentucky
“Story By Story” in Frankfort
Peter Cook, a longtime friend and performer
at KCDHH’s biennial DeaFestival, will be part of the Paul Sawyier Public
Library’s Story by Story, a monthly storytelling series for adults and
mature teens. Cook will tell stories on Thursday, March 9, at 6 p.m. He
will perform in American Sign Language (ASL) and an interpreter will be
provided. The library is located at 319 Wapping Street in Frankfort.
Registration for this series will begin in January 2023. Stay tuned for
details by clicking here or contacting Diane Dehoney at
firstname.lastname@example.org. All library programs are accessible to people with
disabilities. An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided for
all events. _______________________________________________________________
Real ID Deadline Extended…Again to May 25, 2025
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has
once again extended the deadline for Americans to have a Real ID for
access to air travel and military bases. The new enforcement date for the
Real ID Act — first passed by Congress in 2005 — is May 7, 2025. The
deadline had been May 3, 2023. Read more here.
Kentucky Hamilton Relay Offering $500 Scholarships
Kentucky Hamilton Relay is offering scholarships to seniors
in Kentucky who are deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, or have difficulty
speaking. All candidates are
required to submit an application, write an essay under the topic of
communication technology and provide a letter of recommendation in order
to qualify. The scholarship deadline is January 31, 2023, and
applications must be received or postmarked by that date. The scholarship
is in the amount of $500, and the winner will be determined on or before
March 1, 2023. For more information, contact Peggy Ward, Outreach
Coordinator at email@example.com or 615-739-7990.
To download the application, click here.
NAD Sets New Dates for National Deaf History Month
Based on the feedback from the National
Association of the Deaf’s (NAD) Deaf Culture and History Section (DCHS)
and various stakeholders, including from organizations that represent
marginalized communities within the Deaf Community, the NAD Board has
chosen April 1-30 as the National Deaf History Month (NDHM). This
decision is partly based on a mandate from their delegates that the NAD
engage in efforts to dismantle racism within their community, and this
requires ensuring that the historical lens must include the experiences
of Black, Brown, Indigenous and Persons of Color (BIPOC) Deaf People. The
efforts of NDHM must celebrate and recognize all Deaf People in the U.S.,
especially BIPOC Deaf People. View a video about the change here.
KCDHH Needs You…
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.
January’s (2023) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is
with Rachel Morgan Kincaid, who is the Executive Staff Interpreter at
KCDHH. Rachel’s hometown is Paducah, KY. She earned her Bachelor of Arts
degree in the Public Administration at Kentucky State University. Rachel
lives in Waddy with her husband Jackie and son, River. She is also the
mother of daughter Kallie and step-son Jack. In her spare time, she
enjoys gardening, raising cows and chickens, painting, and woodworking. Read more here.
Tickets on Sale for KSD Gala, April 15,
Tickets for the
Kentucky School for the Deaf’s 200th Anniversary Gala celebration
are now $125 per person and 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.
Blade Powers Xander’s Real-Time Captioning Glasses
glasses manufacturer Vuzix has teamed up with a startup called Xander to
announce a sleek new pair of glasses that provides real-time captioning
on the fly. These glasses are being marketed to people who are deaf or
hard of hearing, but the technology could help anyone who needs a little
clarification every now and again.
Here's how they work. You don the
glasses, and captions are displayed in your field of view in real time.
All the technology to achieve this feat are inside the glasses, so they
don't require a cloud connection, an integrated smartphone, or WiFi. You
just pop them on and let the glasses do their thing. Read more here.
How to Turn On Live Captions in iOS 16
Apple has been consistent with its
upgrades and when it comes to software, iOS 16 has set a benchmark with
its stunning customization features and immaculate functional
modifications. Designed especially for deaf and hard of hearing
individuals, iOS 16 converts audio into text or closed captions in real
time. To learn how to set it up on your phone, click here.
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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
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Kentucky residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, or
have both a hearing and vision loss.