KCDHH Communicator, Connecting you to Current News Team Kentucky: Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, An Agency of the Education and Labor Cabinet
VOLUME 42, NO. 5
June 2024

Celebrate Juneteenth in Kentucky

Juneteenth is an annual celebration of slave emancipation that began in 1865 and became a federal holiday in 2021. This national holiday commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. The name "Juneteenth" combines the words "June" and "nineteenth" and marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved individuals were free. Click the picture below to learn more about Juneteenth events and festivals that have been planned to commemorate this historic day here in Kentucky.


KCDHH Closed for the Following Holidays

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support Groups

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ASL Interpreted Performances in Danville, KY

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7th Annual Deaf Awareness Day at the Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo is celebrating its seventh annual Deaf Day with Kentucky Hands & Voices and the Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project on August 17, 10am to 2pm. ASL interpreters will be available at several habitats, keeper talks, and animal training demonstrations as well as the Zoo entrance to facilitate an inclusive and friendly day of learning in ASL for the deaf community.

If you have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing, they are eligible for a FREE ticket, but must pre-register. Discounted tickets are available for family and friends. Email for more information: info@kyhandsandvoices.org .

Kentucky HLAA Walk4Hearing

Walk4Hearing is the Hearing Loss Association of America's (HLAA) community of support in action, breaking down barriers and empowering people with hearing loss. These Walks bring hope to people across the U.S., helping them discover they are not alone in facing the challenges of hearing loss.

Walks bring teams of family and friends together to raise funds for hearing health and support people on their journey with hearing loss. Join HLAA Kentucky Chapter, hearing care professionals and nonprofit and business partners committed to helping every person with hearing loss thrive on September 22 at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville.

Hands & Voices Introduces New Product for Families

Introducing BRAND NEW product - Off to a Great Start! Hands & Voices FL3 Center’s newest resource for families.
Explore resources and activities to support the early intervention journey for families of children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing through this virtual, interactive website.
Off to a Great Start also includes a fun guide for those providing support to families or families themselves. Included are family support activities to promote family learning in the areas of wellbeing (how you are doing), knowledge (what you need to know), and empowerment (the confidence to get where you are going.) Check it out TODAY!!

Summer Camps for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center compiled a comprehensive list of immersion programs designed for families to learn sign language and connect with their deaf and hard of hearing children. Additionally you’ll find an extensive directory of camps that specifically cater to deaf and hard of hearing children. You’ll find day programs, overnight camps, and programming that include siblings or CODAs (children of deaf adults).

View the interactive map of camps all over the country.

Follow KSD Outreach on Facebook and Kentucky Hands & Voices
for any events in Kentucky for families and DHH children.

Spotlight on Mental Health

The Dinner Table Project encourages families to eat together without electronic devices, and with an emphasis on open conversations during mealtime. Children of families that share meals together are more likely to get better grades, have higher self-esteem and greater resilience, and are less likely to use drugs and alcohol.

Effective communication at home can help a child succeed. Kentucky is working to adapt the Dinner Table Project to meet the needs of families with members who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, who might experience a frequent lack of effective communication.

In April, we had the opportunity to coordinate the first live event of many for families to practice communication at mealtime. By providing this live event, we are helping to equip families with the skills and confidence they need to communicate effectively with all members of the household, ultimately setting up children for success. This event also allows us to create a community of partners and resources for families to foster growth and connection. By providing access to a wide range of prevention resources, such as educational materials, tips for parents and caregivers, and support groups, we can help families build strong relationships, navigate challenges, and develop resilience. These resources can also provide a sense of belonging and connection, which is essential for families to feel seen, heard, and supported. By providing a variety of resources to families and encouraging eating meals together, we can help families thrive and create a ripple effect of positivity and growth across the commonwealth.

Dinner Table Project

Save the Date

National Association for the Deaf (NAD) Conference

Early registration for the 2024 National Association for the Deaf Conference is now open. The conference will be July 1-6 in Chicago, IL.Register here discounted rates available for certain deadlines.

ALDAcon 2024 Conference

The annual convention of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), ALDAcon 2024, is now open for registration! Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity in Clearwater Beach, FL on September 11–15.To register online, visit the Aldacon Conference site here.

Tech Updates


Real-Time cellphone call captioning. Powered by A.I! Nagish captions your calls from your cellphone and empowers you to communicate using text via keyboard or voice. It’s fast, private, accurate, and certified by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)! Forget about human-operated relay services. Nagish does phone call captioning in real-time while keeping calls 100% private. No Interpreters, stenographers, or assistants involved.

To learn about this and download the app on your phone, go to Nagish's website!


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