October 2021 Edition
URGENT: Questionnaire For Kentucky's Deaf-Blind Constituents
We Need YOUR Input!
KCDHH’s Deaf-Blind Community Study Group is launching its “Questionnaire for Kentucky’s Deaf-Blind Constituents” TODAY! This confidential questionnaire will help determine if accessibility issues are prohibiting Deaf-Blind individuals and individuals with a combined hearing and vision loss from obtaining local and state services in Kentucky. Feedback will be used to guide further positive changes for these constituents. The deadline for completing the questionnaire will be Friday, October 29. Please forward this information to anyone who is part of the Deaf-Blind community in Kentucky who may be interested in participating. Please CLICK here to access the questionnaire: Questionnaire
Survey on Improving the Health Care System - A Call To Action
Be part of the solution! Participate in research that investigates the impact of communication access on the quality of health care! The Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center is seeking respondents who are age 60 or above, have age-related hearing loss and have seen a health care provider within the past two years to complete a 15-minute web survey on improving the way the health care system cares for your community. To learn more, please CLICK on the following link: Details
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Read Linda bilodeau's Special Article: "Anxiety And Hearing Loss"
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, she 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 new section, called "Meandering Through a Hearing World", and enjoy reading her new article for this month: Meandering Through A Hearing World
The Need To Provide Free Captioning For People With Hearing Loss When Using Videoconferencing Platforms
At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hearing health advocate Shari Eberts penned an open letter to video conferencing companies asking for free captioning services.The letter turned into a petition with 58,000 signatures and countless comments from people with hearing loss. Google and Microsoft both took their automatic speech recognition captions out from behind a paywall. But Zoom, the clear favorite platform to connect workplaces and loved ones during the pandemic, is lagging behind. Please CLICK on the following link: The Need To Provide Free Captioning
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