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     VOLUME 39, NO. 6                                                              JUNE, 2021

 

Register by June 15

Deaf Vaccine Day/LAD Picnic Saturday, June 19

 

You have until Tuesday, June 15, to register for a COVID-19 vaccine during Deaf Vaccine Day (DVD) and the Louisville Association of the Deaf’s picnic on Saturday, June 19. Be one of the first 20 to register and the Knowledge Center on Deafness (KCD) will cover your picnic entrance fee, $10. Deaf Vaccine Day and the picnic will be held at the Fern Creek Community Center, 6104 Bardstown Road.

 

To register by noon, contact Blake Noland, blake.noland@ky.gov, 502-416-0607 (VP) or Holly O’Mary, homary@sevencounites.org, 502-416-0310 (VP) or 502-645-8459 (Text/Facetime). For more information on the event, click on the photo below to see a video.

Remember: Register by JUNE 15!

 

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Vaccine Incentive Drawing

Governor  Launches ‘Shot at a Million’

 

On June 4, Gov. Andy Beshear invited Kentuckians to get a COVID-19 vaccine and enter for a Shot at a Million – the state’s new vaccine incentive drawing.

 

Visit shotatamillion.ky.gov. Entry requires Kentuckians to provide personal and contact information, including: name, birth date, email address, phone number, home address and the name and location of the place that provided you with the vaccine. Entry also requires agreement to the official rules of the drawing and agreement to allow the Kentucky Department for Public Health to verify your vaccination information. The website also offers information about eligibility, how to find a vaccine appointment, frequently asked questions and official rules. Click on the logo below to access the website.

 

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Innovative Readiness Training will Provide

No-cost Med Services to Eastern Kentuckians

 

On June 8, Gov. Beshear announced the launch of Operation Gateway Kentucky Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) Medical Mission, a service operation in five Eastern Kentucky counties to provide free, general medical, dental and optometry services to approximately 1,800 uninsured or underinsured Kentuckians.

 

Sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Gateway Area Development District (GADD) and using $138,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), a group of military medical professionals will operate health clinics in Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan counties roughly between July 10 and July 21 of this year. Services offered to Kentuckians in the region will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. As details are finalized, GADD will share them with the community. Click on the GADD logo below for more information.

 

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DeafBlind Awareness Week, June 27 to July 3

 

In recognition of the achievements of people who are DeafBlind, the Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths & Adults (HKNC) celebrates the last week in June as “Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Week.”

 

Held each year since 1984, this year’s theme is: “TrailBlazer, BigThinker, GoGetter, DeafBlind: DeafBlind Employees Can Help Businesses Grow with Unique Insights and Perspectives.”

 

The essence of the message is that 2020 was a landmark year for improvements in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I), and disabled individuals have seen benefits of this progress. Talented employees who are DeafBlind are more than doing their part to assist companies grow. Learn more by visiting https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/dbaw. Click the logo below to find out more about DeafBlind Awareness Week.

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Citizens Can Stay Connected to Legislative Action

 

No matter what part of Kentucky you’re in, you’ll have ways to stay engaged in action at the State Capitol, as members of the General Assembly continue their interim committee meetings. June 1 marked the beginning of a six-month period in which interim joint committees made up of Senate and House members will study and discuss many of the issues confronting Kentucky in preparation for next year’s legislative session.

 

The Kentucky General Assembly website allows users to:

 

•See the General Assembly’s weekly schedule.

•Tune in to live coverage of legislative committee meetings.

•View contact information for senators and representatives.

•Learn about the legislative process.

•View informational materials on topics being considered by committees.

•Request to testify at committee meetings.

 

Following the General Assembly’s work often begins with a look at the Legislative Calendar. The calendar shows which committees are meeting each week.

 

Livestreams of committee meetings can be viewed through feeds provided by Kentucky Educational Television (KET) and the Legislative Research Commission (LRC). Click here for links to the livestreams.

 

Information about legislative committees is available by clicking here. To view materials such as info sheets, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations that are compiled for lawmakers to review at committee meetings, click on the “Meeting Materials” tab on the left side of each committee’s page.

 

An online application offers a convenient way for citizens to request to testify at committee meetings. It allows users to choose a committee, then fill in their contact info to have the request to testify automatically submitted to the committee. The online application can be viewed by clicking here.

 

To share feedback on an issue with lawmakers, call the General Assembly’s Message Line at 1-800-372-7181. Kentuckians with hearing loss can use Kentucky Relay by dialing 7-1-1.

 

To directly reach a lawmaker’s office, call 502-564-8100. An operator will transfer the call to the office of the lawmaker you want to reach.

 

If you have a question about the lawmaking process or legislative resources, the LRC Public Information Office can be reached by calling 502-564-8100. To access Kentucky General Assembly website, click on the logo below.

 

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KCDHH Recognized for Hospital Kit Collaboration

 

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Kentuckiana Chapter recently recognized KCDHH staff members Virginia Moore, Jayna Oakley and Jim Rivard for their efforts in completing the 2021 Hospital Kit. The kit contains a sample letter to medical professionals advocating for effective communication, Know Your Rights brochure, Tips for Communicating card, labels for paper medical charts detailing your communication needs, stickers with the icon for hearing loss for use on medical records, a plastic bag to store a hearing aid or cochlear implant, a “Face Me” hearing loss button, and info on HLAA resources. The kits are available by contacting KCDHH at 502-573-2604 (V), 502-416-0607 (VP) or HLAA at 502-233-5774. Below, left to right, Carla Trivedi, HLAA, presents a certificate of apprecation to KCDHH’s Virginia Moore.

 

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the sites that normally host summer camps for deaf and hard of hearing youth are facing a lot of uncertainty. As a result, KCDHH has compiled the list below to serve as a starting point for parents to search for camps that will be available summer, 2021. (Before registering for summer camps, most camps require that participants receive their COVID-19 vaccination. Use vaccines.gov to schedule an appointment.)

 

Note: Deaf and hard of hearing children have the same rights to attend summer camp as their hearing peers, and cannot be denied admission due to their hearing loss. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that summer camps (both private and those run by towns or municipalities) must provide reasonable modifications of their policies, practices and procedures when necessary to enable campers with disabilities to participate fully in camp programs, unless the camp can demonstrate that the necessary modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of the services and activities offered by the camp. Camps must provide reasonable accommodations unless they can prove it would pose a danger to other campers or cause an undue financial burden. This applies to sports camps as well as traditional camps such as 4-H and Conservation.  Always sign up as soon as possible and let the camp administrators know that your child needs a specific accommodation.  Even when a specific accommodation may not be feasible, there are often options that can still provide a happy camp experience.  The parents/caregivers and camp administrators should work together to identify the best accommodations for the child. If you feel like your deaf or hard of hearing child is not being provided the necessary accommodations for their camp experience, please let us know, and we will be happy to help advocate.

 

Camp Sousley Military Adventure Camp

June 20 to July 3

Session Two: The premier military exploration program. Home of Military Adventure Camp, Flemingsburg, KY.

Basic Cadet Training - $2350

Basic / Advanced Leadership Courses - $2350

Deaf and Hard of Hearing encouraged to attend. Interpreters will be provided. Partial Scholarships available.

 

July 4 to July 17

Session Three:

Basic Cadet Training - $2350

Basic / Advanced Leadership Courses - $2350

Deaf and Hard of Hearing encouraged to attend. Interpreters will be provided. Partial Scholarships available.

 

Gallaudet Summer Youth Webinars:  (Virtual)

June 21-25, June 28-July 2, or July 6-July 9:

Sign up for the “Got Skills?,” “Immerse into ASL,” “Deaf Youth Pride” or “Deaf Biz” webinars.

 

Kentucky  Lion’s Camp, Lebanon Junction, KY

June 28 to July 2

The Kentucky Lions Camp for DHH children, ages six to 15.

 

National Association of the Deaf Youth Leadership Camp, Camp Taloali, Stayton, Oregon

July 5-July 17

An intensive educational four-week, virtual summer program for DHH high school sophomores and juniors.

 

Gallaudet Virtual Camp Discovery

July 5-16 & July 19-30

Focused on serving children, ages four to 12, who are DHH, kids of deaf adults, or children who use sign language, but all are welcome.

 

Explore Your Future, Rochester, NY (Virtual)

July 11-July 14, July 18-July 21

For DHH college-bound students exploring their futures after high school graduation.

 

If you know of other camps, please send them to us at kcdhh@kcdhh.ky.gov.

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HLAA Opens 2021 Conference Registration

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will hold its annual conference virtually on June 24-26. Register by clicking on the “Register Now” button below.

•Register now through June 15 for $35.

•Beginning June 16, registration is $45.

 

 

DeafNation Conference July 31 to August 4, 2022

With DeafNation canceling its 2021 conference, you can now register for the 4th DeafNation World Expo & Conference that is set for July 31 to August 4, 2022. Click on the logo below for more information.

 

 

Deaf Women United Opens Registration for 2023

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 on the logo below.

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USA Deaf Soccer Association Hosting Youth Clinic

The USA Deaf Soccer Association is holding a Youth Soccer Clinic for children of all ages on Sunday, July 18, at Louisville’s Champions Park, 2050 River Road. The clinic will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, click on the logo below.

 

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Ohio Association of the Deaf Day Special Events

 

The Ohio Association of the Deaf will be hosting:

·        Deaf Day at King’s Island: June 26 and October 16

·        Deaf Day at Cedar Point: August 14 and October 2

Visit http://www.oad-deaf.org/events.html or click here for more information.

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June’s KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is Dr. Thomas “Tommy,” Evans, who represents the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association on KCDHH’s Commission Board. Tommy is from Spring City, TN and currently lives in Union with his wife Tiffany and their three children, Davey (13), Addyson (9), and Austin (6). He is a graduate of Rhea County High School, Evensville, TN. Tommy graduated from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he earned a bachelor’s in communication sciences disorders, a master’s degree and clinical doctorate degree in audiology. He is currently a pediatric audiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. To read Tommy’s Spotlight, click here.

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Apple Previews Powerful Software Updates

Designed for People with Disabilities

Apple announced new software features designed for people with mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities. A new service called SignTime, which launched May 20, enables customers to communicate with AppleCare and Retail Customer Care by using American Sign Language (ASL).

 

Later this year, with software updates across all of Apple’s operating systems, people with limb differences will be able to navigate Apple Watch using AssistiveTouch; iPad will support third-party eye-tracking hardware for easier control; and for blind and low vision communities, Apple’s industry-leading VoiceOver screen reader will get even smarter using on-device intelligence to explore objects within images. In support of neurodiversity, Apple is introducing new background sounds to help minimize distractions, and for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, Made for iPhone (MFi) will soon support new bi-directional hearing aids. Read more of the story here.

 

Better Access from Microsoft Means Success for All

Microsoft announced a new five-year commitment to help bridge the “Disability Divide,” the gap in societal inclusion for people with disabilities. Given the impact of the pandemic on people with disabilities, the commitments focus on talent development (employment and education), workplace culture (hiring), and accessible technology. Read about their new technology changes here.

 

Rexton Announces New Line of Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Rexton, a hearing aid manufacturer, introduced a new line of rechargeable, MotionCore (M-Core) behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids April 20, including the M-Core B-Li P, M-Core B-Li M, and M-Core B-Li HP, which is the company's first high-power, rechargeable, BTE hearing aid that provides up to 61 hours of battery life on one charge. These devices, designed for people with moderate to severe hearing loss, combine the M-Core platform with High-Resolution Soundpro technology. Read more here.

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IF YOU HAVE AN EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO LIST

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kcdhh@kcdhh.ky.gov

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources

 

International:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

National:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Vaccines.gov

What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws  

 

Kentucky:

Kentucky Governor News

The official Team Kentucky source for Vaccine

Kentucky Registry of Vaccine Location

KCDHH COVID-19/Vaccine Important Links for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

KCDHH Facebook Page

 

Apps:

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:

 

KCDHH  

KCDHH’s 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 loss.

KCDHH Commissioners

KCDHH Staff  

KENTUCKY COMMISSION ON THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING

632 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601

502-573-2604 V | 502-416-0607 VP | 800-372-2907 Toll Free

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