Time to Get Your
KCDHH Executive Director Virginia Moore
(see photo) gets her second booster on September 16. The Center for
Disease Control (CDC) recommends everyone stay up to date with their
COVID-19 vaccinations, including all primary series and boosters. For
vaccine and booster information, click
Proclamation to KCDHH
KCDHH staff members Virginia Moore,
Executive Director, and Justin Stanley, Policy Specialist, and a
volunteer for KCDHH, Jena White, attended a proclamation signing with the
Lexington Mayor and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council on September
22. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed September 23 as the
International Day of Sign Languages in order to raise awareness of the
importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights
of people who are deaf.
Week, October 9-15
This week was Fire Prevention Week, October 9 to October 15.
If you are deaf or have trouble hearing, KCDHH can help you with
equipment. Install a bedside alert such as a bed shaker alarm that works
with your smoke alarm to alert you of a fire. Strobe light alarms can be
added to your smoke alarms for a visual alert. Visit KCDHH's website to find out more about
our Telecommunications Access Program (TAP).
Standard License Plate Option Coming
In addition to the current standard
license plate design, the commonwealth soon will offer a new “Team
Kentucky” standard license plate option. The Team Kentucky design
showcases state pride, unity and strength, and pays homage to the
commonwealth’s famous Kentucky Bluegrass. The plates will be available
for purchase in every county clerk’s office starting Monday, October 24.
Fees for standard issue plates remain $21 when it’s time to renew.
Kentuckians who would like to purchase the new standard plate before they
are due to renew will pay $3. If you would like a new Team Kentucky
plate, please contact your county clerk starting Monday, Oct. 24 to
confirm the plates are available in your county. View the four plate
Arlen Finke 5K Run/Walk at KSD, October 22
To help promote the 200th Anniversary of the
Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD), they will host the Arlen Finke 5K
Run/Walk on Saturday, October 22, 9 a.m. The second annual event will be
a 3.1 mile race that will start and finish on the KSD cross-country
course on campus. For registration information, click here.
7ll and 988 Town Hall Meeting Set, October
Join the Kentucky Relay and Kentucky Department
for Behavioral Health, Developmental, & Intellectual Disabilities
Deaf & Hard of Hearing for a town hall meeting to share information
about 711 and 988, on Thursday, October 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Adanta,
130 Southern School Road, in Somerset. This meeting will provide
information about how these phone numbers, services and resources can
help your family, friends, and Kentuckians statewide communicate and stay
connected! For more information, contact Peggy Ward at 615-739-7990 or
November 8 General
Kentucky’s November 8 general election
will decide races for the United States Senate and House of
Representatives, the state’s General Assembly and several state high
courts. Here’s some essential information for voters:
•Absentee voting: This option is
available only to registered voters who meet certain criteria, including residents
temporarily living out of state or voters who are unable to vote in
person because of an illness or disability.
•Early in-person voting: All
registered voters can vote early and in person on Thursday, November 3,
Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.
•In-person voting on Election Day:
The state’s general election is Tuesday, November 8. Polls are open from
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.
To vote, you must
have registered by October 11. You will need a photo ID that includes
your name. Acceptable forms of identification include a Kentucky driver’s
license, U.S. passport or other photo ID issued by the federal, state or
local government, the military, or a school such as a college or
university. For voting information in your county, click here.
For more election
and voting information, click on the videos below:
‘Freeze Your Fanny’ for Hands &
Voices, December 30
Run. Walk. Bike. Hike. Roll. Crawl.
Whatever your mode, join Hands & Voices for the “Freeze Your Fanny
Virtual 5K" to welcome in 2023! All registrants will receive a race t-shirt,
and the first 500 registrants will receive a custom finisher's medal.
Your shirt will ship in December prior to the event. However, if you
register AFTER December 1, you may not receive your shirt prior to
December 30. Register now for $30 and start raising money. Click here
for more information.
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing, a state agency within the Education and Labor 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. If you are interested in
this position, see more by clicking here.
October’s (2022) KCDHH Spotlight Q&A
is with Rachel Rodgers, who is the Interpreter Referral Specialist at
KCDHH. Rodgers’ hometown is Louisville, KY. She graduated from Eastern
High School in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor of Science
degree in the Interpreting Training Program at Eastern Kentucky
University. Rodgers lives in LaGrange with her daughters, Riley and
Isabelle. Read more here.
KSD Spelling Bee
Dates Set to Begin October 17
The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Spelling Bee
is a written spelling event and set for several locations. Volunteers are
also needed. Click here
for registration information.
Tickets on Sale
for KSD Gala, April 15, 2023
Early bird tickets for the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s
200th Anniversary Gala celebration went on sale June 1 and
will continue through December 31. Tickets may be purchased online here.
HLAA Convention 2023 Call for Papers
HLAA 2023 is coming to New Orleans,
June 29-July 1, 2023 and anticipating more than 25 educational workshops
geared toward people with hearing loss. If you are interested in
presenting, submit a proposal by December 9, 2022. For instructions and
information on submitting a proposal, click here.
Deaf Women United Opens Registration
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 here.
Helps Inmates with Hearing Disabilities Make Calls Easier
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized that technology be
made available to inmates with hearing disabilities so that they may be able
to communicate with loved ones and lawyers. The FCC, which took the
action September 29, also imposed a price cap on what any inmate using
such services would have to pay.
FCC estimates there are about 175,000 people in the nation's prisons,
jails, and correctional facilities who are deaf or hard of hearing that
could make use of such services, which could include video monitors and
cameras to communicate in American Sign Language (ASL). Read the full
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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
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 your interpreter.
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