Gov. Announces Final Capacity Limits End June 11
On May 14, Gov. Andy Beshear said the state’s emerging economy is
set for liftoff as final capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 will
end Friday, June 11.
Gov. Beshear said the proven effectiveness of vaccinations and
expanded vaccine eligibility to include 12- to 15-year-olds is allowing
the commonwealth to safely and sustainably ease restrictions. With
about 1.9 million Kentuckians vaccinated, the Governor said everyone
who is eligible should be able to get a dose of a safe and effective
vaccine ahead of June 11. Watch the full press briefing by clicking on
the photo below. Read the press release by clicking here.
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for
Public Health answers questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in the video
DHH Vaccine Clinic Day: Interpreters Available
Louisville Metro Government will host a Clinic Day for deaf and
hard of hearing residents from anywhere in Kentucky on Saturday, June
19, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Louisville Recovery Community Center, 620
South Third Street.
Interpreters will be available during vaccinations. Please feel
free to ask any questions or concerns you have regarding the vaccine.
Confirm your attendance by Thursday,
June 17 by emailing your name and time of attendance to Blake
Noland, information coordinator for KCDHH, at email@example.com.
Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Opens
12, Gov. Beshear encouraged eligible Kentuckians to apply for a
newly available discount through the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) to help temporarily reduce their cost of home internet services.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a FCC program that
provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying
low-income households. A household is eligible if one member of the
family meets at least one of the criteria below:
Has an income at or
below 135% of the Federal
Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs,
such as the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid
or the FCC’s Lifeline
Is approved to receive
benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the
school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community
Eligibility Provision, in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
Received a federal
Pell Grant during the current award year;
Experienced a substantial
reduction in income through job loss or furlough since Feb. 29, 2020,
and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for
single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
Meets the eligibility
criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19
The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six
months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an
end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
To learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, who is
eligible and how to apply, click the video below.
to apply online and find participating providers near you or call
833-511-0311 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. EDT for a mail-in application.
Be sure to include proof of eligibility and return to: Emergency
Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742.
REAL-ID 19-Month Extension Announced
Beshear announced on April 28 that Kentucky and
other states have been advised by the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security that full enforcement of the REAL ID Act is being extended by
The extension will give license issuance agencies time to recover
operating capacity that was restricted to abide by health guidelines
during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information is at www.realidky.com. Read the full
press release by clicking on the driver’s license photo below.
Matthew Cole, Transportation Cabinet, Division of Driver Licensing
, explains in a KCDHH Coffee Chat vlog, the opening of
regional offices and documents drivers will need to secure their REAL
ID or standard driver’s license.
You can also visit the websites below for more information on
obtaining driver’s license.
KCDHH Reopens for CASLI Testing
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing (KCDHH) is reopening its doors for eligible candidates to take
their Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation (CASLI)
interpreter performance exams. KCDHH temporarily closed due to COVID-19
in 2020. Even though COVID-19 is still a risk, Local Test
Administrators (LTA) have established precautionary safety measures to
ensure the safest environment possible for taking exams. At the current
time, KCDHH will only be administering exams on Fridays and ask those
who schedule exams at the KCDHH location, 632 Versailles Road,
Frankfort, to wear a mask and practice social distancing when
appropriate. If you have questions about eligibility for taking an
exam, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to schedule your
exam at KCDHH please email email@example.com.
For more information, visit CASLI by clicking the logo below.
Common, Yet Often Ignored by Adults
With an estimated
48 million Americans experiencing hearing loss, KCDHH is encouraging
the public to act on the early signs of trouble – for the benefit of
their health, cognitive well-being, physical safety, and overall
quality of life – during national Better Hearing and Speech Month
(BHSM) in May. Nearly 700,000, or 16%, of Kentuckians are deaf and hard
information, visit the KCDHH website at kcdhh.ky.gov. KCDHH is in the
Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Click on the logo
below to read the full article.
KCDHH Offers Communication Visor Cards
As part of National
Police Week, May 9-15, KCDHH wants to remind Kentuckians that Communication
Visor Cards are available to help minimize communication barriers with
law enforcement officers. These cards, also available to law
enforcement agencies and offices, will guide consumers and
officers in providing the appropriate accommodations to meet your
unique communication needs if and when it becomes necessary. Click on
the cards below for more information.
EWDC Interview with Virginia Moore
Virginia Moore, KCDHH’s Executive Director, talked with JT
Henderson, Education Workforce Development Cabinet Executive Director
of Communications, about the agency and her work with Gov. Beshear during
the pandemic. View the full video by clicking on the photo below.
Kentucky Hands & Voices SuperHEARo
5k May 29
Kentucky Hands & Voices will host its 4th annual SuperHEARo 5K at White Hall State Historic Site,
500 White Hall Shrine Road, in
Richmond on Saturday, May 29. In addition to an in-person event at
White Hall, there will also be a virtual option so you can join from
near or far! Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite
superhero. Please stay up-to-date by following our Facebook
event. Click the logo below to register.
Vaccination Sites Can Administer Pfizer-BioNTech
COVID-19 Vaccines to Kentuckians Ages 12-15
Gov. Andy Beshear announced May 12 that state vaccination sites
can now administer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to Kentuckians age
12 to 15. The Governor’s announcement was made on the heels of the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) emergency use authorization, which
supports use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19
vaccine among those 12 years of age and older, and subsequent approval
for the usage among younger Americans from the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
During the May 12 briefing on COVID-19, Gov. Beshear and Dr.
Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public
Health, also announced the state’s transition to a federal website – vaccines.gov – that allows
Kentuckians to search nearby vaccination sites and filter the search by
vaccine brand: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and/or Janssen/Johnson & Johnson.
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 participants receive
their COVID-19 vaccination. Use vaccines.gov to schedule an
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 as 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 Mark Seven (CM7), Old
10 Camps beginning
CM7 offers an array of recreational, educational, leadership and
spiritual programs for DHH and hearing individuals of all ages.
Indiana Deaf Camp, Milford, IN
June 13-June 18
Counselor-in-training program to teach leadership/communication
skills while having fun.
Gallaudet Summer Youth
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 for children, ages six to 15.
of the Deaf Youth Leadership Camp, Camp Taloali,
July 5-July 17
An intensive educational four-week, virtual summer program for
DHH high school sophomores and juniors.
Virtual Camp Discovery
July 5-16 &
Focused on serving children, ages four to 12, who are DHH, kids
of deaf adults, or signing but all are welcome.
Explore Your Future, Rochester, NY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
HLAA Opens 2021 Conference Registration
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will hold its
annual conference virtually on June 24-26. Participants will learn the latest
about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and
strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. This three-day
event includes a research symposium on Hearing Care for All, and robust
workshops on advances in hearing aids, accessibility through mobile
devices, hearing access in the workplace and more. An interactive
Exhibit Hall will allow participants to talk one-on-one with industry
representatives about the latest in assistive technologies.
Participants can create a profile to chat with other attendees, view
live workshops and interact with exhibitors on our virtual platform by Showcare.
•Register now through June 15 for $35.
•Beginning June 16, registration is $45.
Ohio Association of the Deaf Day Special Events
Association of the Deaf will be hosting:
Deaf Day at Cedar Point: August 14
and October 2
Deaf Day at King’s Island: June 26
and October 16
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May’s KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is Geraldine
“Gerry” Gordon-Brown, who represents the Kentucky Association of the
Deaf on KCDHH’s Commission Board. Gerry is from Louisville and is a
graduate of Central (KY) High School. Gerry graduated from Kentucky
State College where she earned a bachelor of arts in sociology. She
also earned a master of arts from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
Gerry holds a certificate of completion in the Federal Government’s
Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) program. She also
holds a graduate certificate of completion in the Peer Mentor Program
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from Gallaudet University. She retired
from the Commonwealth of Kentucky as Director of the Client Assistance
Program in 2015. Since retiring, Gerry has volunteered and served with
numerous organizations including KCDHH’s Commission Board, KCDHH’s
Telecommunication Access Program (TAP) Advisory Board, Carl Braden
Memorial Center Board for Social Justice, KATS Network Advisory Council
(Disability Solutions Through Technology) and the Coalition for the
Homeless Board. Gerry resides in Louisville, has one daughter, three
grandchildren and three great grandchildren. To read Gerry’s Spotlight,
KCDHH Seeking Advisory TAP Board Members
KCDHH’s Telecommunication Access Program (TAP) Advisory Board now
has four vacancies. If you are interested in serving on the board, please
view the video below and the TAP website at: https://www.kcdhh.ky.gov/oea/ttyboard.html
Contact Jessica Endler Smith for more information at email@example.com.
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Sign Language Translation Promises
American Sign Language is used by
millions of people around the world, but there’s no automatic
translation available for those who do not sign. SLAIT claims the first
such tool available for general use, which can translate around 200
words and simple sentences to start — using nothing but an ordinary
computer and webcam. Read the article here.
See how it works by clicking the video below.
New AI-Based Game
Teaches Families Basics of ASL
Singing along to the ABC's is one of
the first lessons we get as kids. For families with deaf and hard of
hearing children, that lesson isn't any less important, with visual
languages replacing auditory stimulus as a crucial part of early
development. Digital creative
studio Hello Monday, in collaboration with the American Society for
Deaf Children (ASDC), wants to address this through its new online
Using machine learning, the game hopes to provide families with the
building blocks of a signed language. Read the article here.
See how it works by clicking on the video below.
Technology Boosts Hearing Aids
Understanding spoken words,
developing normal speech - cochlear implants enable people with
profound hearing impairment to gain a great deal in terms of quality of
life. However, background noises are problematic and significantly
compromise the comprehension of speech of people with cochlear
implants. Read the full article here.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and
Other EEO Laws
Kentucky Governor News
The official Team Kentucky source for Vaccine
Registry of Vaccine Location
KCDHH COVID-19/Vaccine Important Links
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
KCDHH Facebook Page
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
Other KCDHH Resources:
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.