July 2022 Edition

Remembering Deaf-Blind Awareness Week 2022 - June 26th to July 2nd

In 1984, President Ronald Regan designated the last week of June as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week in honor of Helen Keller’s birthday on June 27th.  In 2022, the week of June 26th through July 2nd marks the celebration of this unique community. According to the American Association of the Deaf-Blind, "Individuals who are deaf-blind make up a diverse group. The degrees and kinds of hearing and vision losses vary: hard of hearing and low vision, deaf and tunnel vision, hard of hearing and blind, in addition to totally deaf-blind. The age of onset also varies... Despite this diversity in the deaf-blind community, they all have the same needs: to lead productive and independent lives with equal access to the community where they live and work." In observance of Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, the following video has been created to increase awareness and encourage support for deaf-blind individuals in the state of Kentucky: Deaf-Blind Awareness Video

HKNC - Online Learning On Us!

To encourage awareness about the Deaf-Blind community, the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) is offering a number of courses for free from June 26 to July 2. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Deaf-Blind Awareness Week Free Courses

What's New In This Month's Edition?

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COVID-19 Update For Kentucky

For the official Team Kentucky source for information concerning COVID-19, please CLICK here!: COVID-19 Update

Tornado Disaster Resources For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Individuals In Western Kentucky

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HLAA Hearing Life E-News:

Hearing Life E-News keeps readers up to date with the latest information on hearing loss. Please CLICK here!: Hearing Life E-News

HLAA IN Action - HLAA Promotes Consumer Protection in Comments for New Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Rule

HLAA filed comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its proposed rule establishing Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids.  Once finalized by the FDA, consumers 18 and older with mild to moderate hearing loss will be able to purchase hearing aids at retail and online outlets. Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA In Action

KCDHH Communicator

This is a newsletter provided by the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, supplying news, updates and resources.

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Read articles on hearing loss subjects of immediate importance, that have recently been announced. Please CLICK here!: STOP PRESS

See How Much Fun We Have At Our Local Chapter Virtual Meetings!! Come And Join Us!

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Every month we will send you an update by email on important topics relating to hearing loss. We will also keep you informed of activities taking place at your local HLAA chapter.

Read Linda Bilodeau's Special Article Each Month!

Linda has grappled with hearing loss since 1978. Through it all, she has faced denial, acceptance, curiosity, trust, and hope. She has felt annoyed, angry, and frightened. She has encountered despair, loneliness, and envy. She has experienced panic attacks. Does that all sound familiar to you? Over the years she has met understanding people, kind souls who have helped her a great deal and others who thought she had nothing short of an invisible plague.

As a way of coming to terms with her hearing loss, Linda decided to put her feelings about her disability down on paper. Her hope is to better understand herself. Perhaps you will find a little something in her meanderings that will help you, too!  Please CLICK on the following link to visit her section, called "Meandering Through a Hearing World", and enjoy reading her new article each month: 
Meandering Through A Hearing World

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