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     VOLUME 39, NO. 3                                                          MARCH 2021

 

COVID-19 Vaccines Available Statewide

 

Kentucky’s COVID-19 vaccine website, vaccine.ky.gov, shows Kentuckians which phase they are in specifically. Individuals can sign up for notifications, so state officials can communicate with them when doses become available at new and existing sites. Vaccine.ky.gov also lists regional vaccination partners statewide, so Kentuckians can search their county or region and see how to schedule an appointment.

 

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard of hearing Kentuckians), has the same features as the website. Kentuckians can get assistance completing the vaccine eligibility questionnaire and scheduling an appointment when doses are available. The hotline is available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.

 

Free or reduced-cost transportation to and from vaccine appointments is offered by public transit agencies across the commonwealth. These services are already operating in over 90 counties, covering 75% of all counties across Kentucky. Kentuckians can find transportation services near them by heading to kycovid19.ky.gov for a full list of participating public transit agencies and their phone numbers, or by calling the Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline.

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March to April 15: National Deaf History Month

 

KCDHH continues to celebrate National Deaf History Month by raising awareness of issues related to hearing loss. The Commission also urges everyone to protect their hearing!

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Celebrate America's Deaf & Hard of Hearing Women During National Women’s History Month

 

Since 1987, the United States has formally recognized March as National Women’s History Month. Many amazing, tenacious women have changed the world. Some of them just happen to be deaf. Visit thewordchanges.com or click the photo below to learn about some of these women.

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Voices of Hope Offers Overdose Prevention Training

 

Voices of Hope, an organization that helps people in recovery stay in recovery by providing no-cost support services, will be hosting an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted and captioned Narcan /Overdose Prevention Training on Thursday, April 8, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The training will be hosted virtually. Click on the video below to learn more!

 

 

Please register for the training by clicking here.

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Team Kentucky Gallery Looking for Artists

 

Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invite Kentuckians to lend their artistic talents to a new Team Kentucky Gallery, which will be located in a main hall of the state Capitol in Frankfort.

 

The Beshears said the Capitol is the people's house and there is no better place to highlight Kentuckians' voices as represented through art. The art exhibit will be by Kentuckians and for Kentuckians.

 

Artists can submit photos of their artwork using this webform. Selected artworks will be displayed for one six-month rotation in the Capitol and on a Team Kentucky Digital Art Gallery with each artist's contact information. After the six-month rotation, artworks will be returned to the artists. The first rotation will be from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2021. The submission deadline for artworks is May 15. Artworks will be selected by June 1.

 

Note: You must download the application form to submit it electronically. It may not submit correctly from a web browser.

 

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Southeast DeafBlind Free Webinars Offered

 

The Southeast DeafBlind Webinar will continue through June! Since the beginning of March, there have been some excellent online presenters and topics. All of these online trainings are free, open to families and professionals and made possible by the Southeast Regional Office of the Helen Keller National Center. Please share with others.

Trainings are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Central) and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern). ASL interpreting, captioning and Spanish interpreting will be provided.

See more dates and information on KCDHH’s Calendar of Events. Scroll through and register!

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Apple Offering ASL Signed Support

 

Apple is now offering prescheduled support with sign language interpreters at hundreds of its retail stores in nearly a dozen countries. The service is provided to customers by appointment at no cost.

Thanks to Apple, you can now get ASL signed support in-person at an Apple store for your TAP provided iPhone or iPad, or even your own purchased iPhone, iPad or Mac computers. Just be sure to schedule your interpreted appointment with an Apple store in advance.

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“Mask Up for Communication” Project Started

 

KCDHH would like to thank “Make An Impact,” The ClearMask Project, for their generous donation of clear masks for the deaf and hard of hearing community in Kentucky. As more and more Kentuckians receive the COVID-19 vaccine, it is important that we remember to mask up to protect our loves ones.

 

The “Mask Up for Communication” project is available to allow deaf and hard of hearing individuals to request masks for themselves to assist them in communicating with those in their community. Friends and families who have deaf or hard of hearing loved ones in nursing homes, may also request a box of clear masks to be sent to the patient’s nursing home directly. To request your mask, click on one of the photo links below.

For people who interact with deaf and hard of hearing

 

For those applying for nursing home patients

 

For deaf and hard of hearing applying for themselves

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Second “Virginia Moore Bobblehead” Available

 

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame has just unveiled its second Virginia Moore bobblehead--this one featuring the state of Kentucky  engraved with You Can't Be Doin' That. The Hall of Fame will be donating $5 from every Virginia Moore Bobblehead sold to the Kentucky School for the Deaf Charitable Foundation to purchase clear masks for deaf and hard of hearing students and teachers. The seven-inch bobblehead is in stock now and will ship upon purchase. Visit the National Bobblehead website to order.

 

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“Virginia Moore Access Award” Presented

On February 22, First Lady Britainy Beshear announced a special recognition for Team Kentucky’s primary American Sign Language interpreter, Virginia Moore, KCDHH Executive Director.

“Our very own Virginia Moore has been honored for demonstrating her dedication to advocating for the deaf and hard of hearing community in Kentucky,” said First Lady Beshear. “The award, properly named the Virginia Moore Access Award, is presented by the Kentucky Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing here in Kentucky.”

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Summer Camps

 

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.

Gallaudet Summer Youth Camps

National Association for the Deaf Youth Leadership Camp

Rochester Institute of Technology

Summer Camps for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

 

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

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COVID-19 Pandemic Resources

 

International:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 

National:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Coronavirus.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 information concerning COVID-19

Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services COVID-19 Drive-Thru Locations

KSD Outreach/Resources for D&HH Students During COVID-19

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

KCDHH Facebook Page

Hearing Loss Association of America Kentucky Chapters

 

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

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