KSD Starts 200th
Preparations for the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s (KSD) 200th
anniversary celebration are underway. KSD, which opened its doors on
April 10, 1823, is the fourth-oldest school for the deaf in the United
States. Most of the activities and events celebrating KSD’s
bicentennial will start in July 2022 and continue through the 2022-2023
school year. The Kentucky School for the Deaf Alumni Association
(KSDAA) is hosting a silent auction to help fundraise for its
celebration. The auction began on November 9 and runs until Wednesday,
November 17, at 11:45 p.m. To view items and register, visit here. To watch an informational
video about the auction, visit here.
Coming Soon! KCDHH
Launches D-B Web Pages
KCDHH will soon launch its new Deaf-Blind web pages.
The new Deaf-Blind tab on the KCDHH website will provide access to a
wealth of information and resources for Deaf-Blind consumers, family
members, educators, and service providers. Be sure to check look out
for our Coffee Chat videos also coming soon under the “Awareness and
Advocacy” section of the Deaf-Blind pages. These videos will feature Deaf-Blind Kentuckians as
well as representatives from the Helen Keller National Center, the
Kentucky Deaf-Blind Project, and the Kentucky Department of Education.
COVID-19 Vaccine for
Children Ages 5 to 11
Governor Andy Beshear said now that the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention has officially recommended the Pfizer COVID-19
vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, Kentucky parents and caregivers are
now able to book an appointment for their children. To find an
available appointment for this age group, visit vaccines.gov and click on “Find COVID-19 Vaccines.” From
there, parents and caregivers can sort by zip code and vaccine options.
New I.D. Required for
Effective November 4, all unemployment insurance (UI) claimants
who have not verified their identity with ID.me, a third-party ID verification
vendor, will be required to register an account with the company and
verify their identity to access their claim. Verify your identity here.
Register for Hands & Voices
Run. Walk. Bike.
Hike. Roll. Crawl. Whatever your mode, join Hands & Voices for the
2022 New Year’s 5K! All registrants will receive a race t-shirt if you
register by December 1.
Proceeds from this race will go directly to participating
chapters of Hands & Voices throughout the United States. Hands
& Voices is an international organization with 43 chapters that
provides support to families of children who are deaf or hard of
hearing. To register by December
1, visit the website here.
Input Sought on Kentucky’s
seeking input from those who travel through Kentucky as they update a
long-range plan for the state’s transportation needs. The
Transportation Cabinet stated that information collected in the
Kentucky Statewide Transportation Survey will be used to help identify
needs and improvement priorities over the next 25 years. Input on all
modes of travel — including vehicle, boat, train and plane — will be
accepted through December 6.
When completed late next year, the plan will guide transportation
policy decisions and investment strategies through 2045.You can fill
out the survey by clicking here.
Artists Invited to Contribute to Team
Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear invite Kentuckians to lend their artistic
talents to the Team Kentucky Gallery, which is located in two main
halls of the state Capitol in Frankfort. Selected artworks will be
displayed for a six-month rotation in the Capitol and on the Team
Kentucky Digital Art Gallery, where the artists can provide additional
information. After each rotation, artworks are returned to the artists.
The current, inaugural rotation runs until December 31, 2021. The
second rotation will begin January 1 and run until June 30, 2022. The deadline to submit artwork for
consideration for the second rotation is November 29, 2021. To
apply, read more here.
University Scholarship Available
The Deaf and Hard
of Hearing Infants, Toddlers and their Families: Collaboration and
Leadership Interdisciplinary Certificate Program at Gallaudet
University has a scholarship opportunity available for the 2022-2023
school year. The deadline is March 1, 2022. For more information,
contact Suzanne Mattox, Director, Regional
Early Acquisition of Language at Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind,
KCDHH Needs You…
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing,
a state agency within in the Education and Workforce Development
Cabinet, is seeking applicants for Executive Administrative Secretary.
The position is located in Frankfort, Kentucky. This is a wonderful
opportunity for someone who wants to be immersed in Deaf culture, hone
their signing skills, educate and advocate for the deaf and hard of
hearing community, and work with a dedicated team of individuals. Click on the photo below to watch the
video. You can also click a link to the job opening announcement here
and a link to apply for this position here.
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.
November’s KCDHH Spotlight Q&A is
with Amy Hatzel, who is a Kentucky Registry of Interpreters for the
Deaf (KYRID) representative on KCDHH’s Commission Board. Amy’s hometown
is Ashland where she attended Paul Blazer High School. She received her
Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Interpreting for
Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Masters of Science Degree
in Special Education-Learning and Behavior Disorders, Education for the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She attended Ashland Community College,
Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College and the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. Amy currently works as a teacher of the Deaf and Hard
of Hearing and a freelance sign language interpreter. She lives in
Catlettsburg with her husband Gerry and three daughters. Read more here.
Breaking the Language Barrier-App Now in Spanish!
CaptionMate is the first IP CTS app with both a
Spanish and English interface! CaptionMate is
a free cell phone app, conditionally certified by the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), to allow people with hearing loss to
read what the other person is saying on a phone call.
1. Download CaptionMate from the App or Play store
on your phone
3. Read what
the other person is saying
information, email email@example.com
or call 1-800-898-0034, ext. 0. You may also watch an instructional
CaptionMate IP CTS
App-Spanish & English Interfaces!
¡Nuestra App Ahora es Bilingue
CaptionMate es una aplicación de uso gratis, certificado condicionalmente por la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones
(FCC), que permite a personas con problemas auditivos, leer
la transcripción de una
1. Descágue la aplicación de
la App store ó Play store
2. Regístrese en el servicio desde su teléfono
3. Lea la transcripción de lo que la otra
persona está diciendo
durante la llamada.
nuestro sitio web
para más información!
How to Add Auto Captions to TikTok
and let TikTok's powerful systems
automatically create captions for your videos. To use the feature, you
should first create your TikTok. After doing so,
tap the Captions icon in the top-right corner. Read more here.
Games that Use Speech-to-Text for DHH Gamers
in gaming, especially multiplayer games, is a must for deaf and hard of
hearing gamers (DHH). Captioning technology is not always perfect, but
it is essential. Read more about games that include speech-to-text here.
AMC Expands Captioned Screenings
AMC Theatres has revealed that it will
expand its captioning services to more than 240 locations throughout
the United States. A select few locations had already offered captioned
screenings of mainstream blockbusters but this greatly expands the
number. These screenings provide accessibility for millions of
Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as many for whom
English is not their native language. Read more here.
Builds Visual Way to Experience Podcasts
You listen to a podcast. That’s the only option, right? For their
new show “More Than This,” Vox Media set out to
create a podcast that could also be seen and felt. The result was an
“immersive transcript” that’s accessible to deaf and hard of hearing
audiences. Read more here.
Sorenson to Provide ASL Interpretation
for FaceTime Calls
Communications announced it will provide American Sign Language (ASL)
interpretation to connect Deaf and hearing people through Apple’s
FaceTime with the release of iOS 15 and iPadOS
15. Read more here.
PLEASE VISIT KCDHH’S
IF YOU HAVE AN
EVENT YOU’D LIKE TO LIST
ON THE CALENDAR,
PLEASE EMAIL US AT:
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.