VOLUME 41, NO. 7
KY Sign Language
Interpreters ‘Servants at Heart’
By Sara Ladd, Kentucky Lantern
FRANKFORT – Sign language interpreters aren’t quite used to
The job is usually more behind-the-scenes. Translating a diagnosis at
the doctor’s office, standing off to the side of a stage.
But the COVID-19 pandemic thrust the late Virginia Moore — and her
office, the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) —
into the limelight. Moore and her colleagues signed the televised news
conferences that Gov. Andy Beshear held and started a wave of conversation
about accessibility and the dignity of communication and access to
information. Read more here.
American with Disabilities Act
KCDHH is proud to support the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA)
33rd Anniversary. On July 26, we celebrate this important civil
rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with
disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools,
transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the
July is also Disability Pride month. It is a time to honor the
history, achievements, experiences and struggles of the disability
KELC Seeks Input on
Barriers to Technology/Internet
Kentucky Education and Labor Cabinet (KELC) is seeking input from the
public to help identify and eliminate barriers to technology and high-speed
Gov. Andy Beshear just secured nearly $1.1
billion in federal funding to bring affordable, reliable high-speed
internet service to every Kentuckian, and you can help your community by
completing this brief survey: https://shorturl.at/bwN24.
Through his Better Internet Plan, the Governor
is committed to ensuring every Kentuckian has access to reliable and
affordable high-speed internet and the skills, devices and resources
necessary to take full advantage of it. Visit this website to learn more
about the Governor’s Digital Equity Initiative: https://shorturl.at/ksvGQ.
Kentuckians Can Start Betting
on Sports Soon
Gov. Andy Beshear joined the
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and lawmakers to announce on July 10 that
Kentuckians can make their first-ever sports bets in Kentucky on September
7, just in time for the National Football League’s kickoff, tailgating, and
the college football season. Mobile applications will be available on
September 28. To see other facilities eligible to apply to be a sports
betting location by clicking here. To
read the full story, visit here.
Annual Deaf Awareness Day at
Louisville Zoo, August 20
The 5th Annual Deaf
Awareness Day at the Louisville Zoo will be Saturday, August 20. Discounted
tickets are available for friends and family members: children (ages 3-11)
$12 each, adults (ages 12-59) $17 each, seniors (ages 60+) $12 each.
Children under two years of age are free. If you have a child who is deaf
or hard of hearing and is a Kentucky resident, your child will also receive
a free ticket. Pre-register before August 18. Email email@example.com for more information.
Anyone interested in attending a summer camp for deaf and hard
of hearing students, the Kentucky School for the Deaf Outreach Consultants
have compiled a list. Click here for
information on camps held in Kentucky in-person, online, and out of state.
Invites Applicants to Apply for Part-Time ASL Position
The University of
Kentucky Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures &
Cultures at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky invites applications
for the position of part-time instructor (PTI) in American Sign Language,
to begin August 2023. They are currently seeking an experienced instructor
to teach two sections (3 credit hours each) of beginning American Sign
Language, ASL 101, in the Fall 2023 semester, in person. The Fall 2023
semester runs August 21, 2023-December 15, 2023.
would have an M.A. degree (M.A. degrees in ASL and/or certification from
the ASLTA will be prioritized), but candidates with a B.A. and significant
relevant teaching experience will also be considered. The salary will be a
minimum of $3,330, depending on degree and experience, for each 3-hour
class. Flexibility with respect to the teaching schedule may be possible. Applicants interested in the position
should send a brief letter of application by email, an updated CV, and
contact information to Dr. Jeffrey Peters, Chair, Department of Modern and
Classical Languages, Literatures, and Cultures: firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Black Deaf Advocates
Conference, August 8-13
National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA) conference, “Reconnecting to
Thrive Together: Reconnect, Recharge, Thrive!”
is set for August 8-13 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel in Alabama. All
diverse people including deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, hearing,
educators, professionals, federal employees, veterans, senior citizens,
parents, activists, CODAs, students, recent graduates, service providers,
interpreters, allies, and more are welcome to attend. For registration
information, click here.
ALDAcon 2023 Conference Extends Early-Bird
The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) has extended its
early-bird registration until July 21. To register, click here. Originally planned for Nov. 1-5, 2023, ALDAcon
will now take place Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2023. For hotel refunds and more
information, visit here.
NAD Leadership Conference, September 21-23
The National Association of the Deaf’s (NAD)
Leadership Training Conference (NLTC) is September 21-23 in Albuquerque,
NM and is designed to provide deaf and hard of hearing people and hearing
allies with the best workshops, training, and interactions to promote
improved leadership skills for many purposes: employment advancement,
organizational operation, and interpersonal interaction. Register here by August 31.
Make iPhone’s LED Flash When Getting Call/Text
Your iPhone's LED can flash whenever you get a notification or a
phone call. Here's how to enable it.
Open the Settings app on your iPhone and
navigate to Accessibility.
Go to Audio/Visual under Hearing.
Swipe to the bottom of the Audio/Visual settings, then tap
on LED Flash for Alerts.
Toggle on LED Flash for Alerts.
While following the above steps will enable the LED flash for
alerts, they will only trigger when your iPhone is locked
and Silent mode is disabled. Read more here.
iPhone/iOS Apps Available for Hearing Loss
Did you know that mobile applications can be an invaluable tool
to improve the quality of life of people with hearing disabilities?
That’s right, the App Store not only offers motivational and educational
teaching apps for people, but also has apps specifically designed to help
those with a hearing loss to overcome barriers and perform daily tasks
more easily and independently. Read what Gearrice
says are the best apps here.
PLEASE VISIT KCDHH’S
IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT
YOU’D LIKE TO LIST ON THE CALENDAR, PLEASE EMAIL US AT: email@example.com
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.