VOLUME 41, NO. 3
April is National
Deaf History Month
National Deaf History Month during April celebrates the contributions and accomplishments
of people who are deaf and those who are hard of hearing and raises
awareness for the Deaf community. The National Association of the Deaf
first introduced National Deaf History Month in 1997, and in 2006, the
American Library Association partnered with NAD in supporting and spreading
awareness of this celebration. Initially, the month was celebrated from
mid-March to mid-April. Then in March 2022, the National Association of the
Deaf released a statement changing the dates to April 1-30 based on
feedback from the NAD Deaf Culture and History Section and various
stakeholders, including from organizations that represent marginalized
communities within the Deaf Community.
April 15, 1817 — The American School for the
Deaf, the first
public permanent school for Deaf children in the United States, was opened.
Located in West Hartford, Connecticut, the school is a nationally renowned
leader in providing comprehensive educational programs and services for
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
April 8, 1864 — Gallaudet University, the first and only higher education
institution for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students, was founded. Gallaudet,
a private federally chartered research university in Washington, DC, is the
only university in the world where students live and learn using American
Sign Language and English.
Encyclopedia Britannica: History of the Deaf includes information
dating back to the 16th century.
People and Events in Deaf History
Low Income Home
Energy Assistance Program
Gov. Beshear announced March 16 that the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services has released nearly $8 million to Kentucky for
the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This brings the
total amount of funding for LIHEAP to almost $81 million. LIHEAP helps
eligible low-income households meet their home heating and/or cooling
needs. The Kentucky LIHEAP program helps approximately 150,000 Kentucky
families pay their heating bills each winter. For more information, visit
the Cabinet for Health and Family Services here.
Gov. Andy Beshear shared options on March 9 for eligible Kentucky
residents to receive assistance through the Affordable Connectivity Program
(ACP). The ACP is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that
helps ensure households can afford high-speed internet for work, school,
health care and more.
benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service
for eligible households. 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. A household is eligible for the ACP if the
household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or
if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria listed on FCC.gov/ACP. Go to AffordableConnectivity.gov to
submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
Eastern Kentucky Flood Update
March 9, 195 families are housed in travel trailers, and Kentucky State
Parks are housing 18 people, down from the 360 people sheltered on
September 1, 2022. If flood victims need help, they should call FEMA
directly or visit a Multi-Agency Resource Center. The centers are on a rotating
schedule, which consists of two onsite personnel and one remote support
person as needed. The staff will rotate from county to county each day.
Visit governor.ky.gov/FloodResources for more information.
The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood
Relief Fund has raised over $13.1 million from more than 41,500 donors. To
contribute, click here.
Federal Medicaid Renewal Coming
for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander is reminding
Kentuckians that the federal pandemic benefit that made it easier for
low-income families to sign up for free health care is changing. Starting
this year, Medicaid enrollees must once again participate in an annual
renewal to determine eligibility for Medicaid. To learn more, see the full release or click here to
update your information.
Better Internet Listening
Office of Broadband Development and the Education and Labor Cabinet want to
hear directly from Kentuckians across the Commonwealth about their
high-speed internet priorities. This is a critical part of the Broadband
Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) and Digital Equity Act (DEA) planning
processes, and they need your help. These conversations will bring together
local leaders, community partners and advocates, business and industry,
education, healthcare, agriculture, and local residents to provide input on
priorities for the state plan and share what is happening in the region.
Dates, cities, and links to
reserve your spot include the following:
March 20: Maysville, 1 p.m. to
3 p.m., click here.
March 22: Lexington, 10 a.m. to
12 p.m., click here.
March 23: Florence, 1:30 p.m.
to 3:30 p.m., click here.
CSD Learns + DKC Coding
Bootcamp Registration 2023
Learns + DKC Coding Bootcamp Registration is a two-week virtual experience
for your middle and high school students to participate in a coding course.
Students will learn alongside their peers from engaging deaf and hard of
hearing mentors. This experience is designed to be self-paced for your
students individually or as a class. You will be able to shorten the pace,
or lengthen it, depending on the needs of your class.
After you register for the
course, you will be invited to a town hall meeting to learn more! These
town hall meetings are for educators, caregivers, learners, and anyone else
curious about the upcoming virtual coding bootcamp. The CSD Learns team
will give a sneak peek of the coding course in Canvas, explain the
registration process, and answer any questions you may have about the
coding bootcamp co-hosted by CSD Learns and Deaf Kids Code. For more
information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coding bootcamp sessions: to
register, click here.
April 3-14, 2023
Town Hall Meetings:
Town Hall Meeting #3 is March
29: 7-8 p.m. ET/4-5 p.m. PT
Kentucky Hands & Voices Host SuperHEARo
5K May 20
Join Kentucky Hands & Voices for the 6th annual
SuperHEARo 5K at White Hall State Historic Site,
500 White Hall Shrine Road in Richmond on May 20. The
1-Mile Fun Run (non-timed event) will take place at 9 a.m. followed by the
5K (a timed event) at 9:30 a.m. In addition to an in-person event at White
Hall State Historic Site, there will also be a virtual option you can join
from near or far! Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite
superhero. Packet pick-up will be available at Surge Screenprinting
on Friday, May 19 or prior to the race on Saturday beginning at 7:30am.
will be given for Top Overall Male & Female Finishers in the 5K, as
well as Best Dressed Male & Female Superheroes. There will also be a
prize for the Best Dressed Wonder Pet. Medals will awarded
for the top three finishers in various age categories. To signup, click on
the logo below.
Tickets on Sale for KSD Gala, April 15, 2023
Tickets for the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s 200th April 15
Anniversary Gala celebration are now $125 per person and may be purchased
Deaf Women United Opens Registration for 2023 Conference
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. For more information, click
ALDAcon 2023 Registration/Call for Papers Now
Howdy Y’all! Round up
your friends and save $65 off the regular Association of Late-Deafened
Adults (ALDA) member rates by taking advantage of the “Longhorn Special”
offered through March 17, 2023. The conference is November 1
to November 5 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel, Austin, Texas. This year’s
theme is Learn * Connect * Laugh. Members get the best rates! Be sure
your membership is up to date, partner! Click here to register and learn more.
ALDA is also accepting workshop proposals for the convention. If
you have a workshop idea that will enrich the hearing loss community, you
are invited to complete and submit the Call
for Papers form to the Program Committee by May 1.
DSA Conference June 24-30, Hollywood, FL
The Deaf Seniors of America’s biennial conference provides
educational sessions, activities, and great opportunities for deaf senior
citizens to connect with each other. Every conference is hosted in a new
city and region, providing members with the opportunity to explore a new
location each conference with guided tours. This year’s conference is in
Hollywood, Florida, at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel, June 24-June 30. The
conference committee strives to provide an optimal, interactive
environment for deaf senior citizens where full access is given for all.
Anyone 50 and older may attend. For registration information, click here.
National Black Deaf Advocates
Conference, August 8-13
The 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.
Fire TV Streams Audio to Cochlear Implants
For the first time, people with hearing loss can stream sound
from their Amazon smart TVs directly to their Cochlear hearing implants
via the open-source Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) protocol. The
work builds on Amazon’s collaboration with the hearing aid company,
Starkey, and represents another step in an effort to help make
entertainment more accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The new solution from Amazon and Cochlear allows Cochlear implant users
to more comfortably enjoy movies and TV episodes available from Netflix,
Prime Video, and other streaming services, as well as local TV networks.
Read more here.
Netflix Allows Customized Subtitles
Straight from TV
Previously, Netflix members could only access these subtitle and
closed caption sizing and style options via the web on their computers
and phones. Netflix users on TV can finally customize the size and style
of subtitles and closed captions to their liking. The latest update
offers subscribers the ability to choose from three sizes - small,
medium, and large - as well as four styles/colors, including the default
white text option, drop shadow (white text with black background), light
(black text with white background), and contrast (yellow text with black
background). The update rolled out globally to TV users March 10.
Previously, Netflix members could only access these subtitle and closed
caption sizing and style options via the web on their computers and
phones. Read more here.
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KCDHH COVID-19/Vaccine Important Links for Deaf and Hard of
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
Other KCDHH Resources:
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.