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February 2013 Archives

DOT Recognizes Deaf and Hard of Hearing Truck Drivers!

In a historic victory for deaf and hard of hearing truckers, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today, after decades of prohibition, that deaf drivers can operate commercial motor vehicles such as large trucks. Today, the DOT granted 40 applications filed by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) seeking exemption from the hearing standard that has barred deaf drivers from obtaining commercial drivers' licenses (CDLs). In announcing this historic decision, the DOT cited research demonstrating that deaf drivers are as safe as hearing drivers.

Read more about this at NAD's website.

Job Vacancy: Career Counselor, Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)

Job summary:

An OVR career counselor provides career counseling and guidance to consumers seeking employment. The counselor also serves as key employer relations representative of the agency to develop job opportunities with potential employers.

See the requisition for more details and to apply!

SCVR Needs Members

A word from the OVR...

The Statewide Council for Vocational Rehabilitation is badly in need of potential members. Four members will be rotating off the Council in May. We must now submit two names for each vacancy on the Council. We need to replace:

  • Three individuals with disabilities
  • One representative of business, industry or labor.

Two departing members are from Western Kentucky and two are from the Louisville area, but we will accept applicants from around the state.

If you know of anyone who might be interested, please have them contact Nanci Soard or myself or send us their contact information (preferably an e-mail address, if available) so we can send them an application.

Information about the SCVR can be found at:

Support Group for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The following is from Michelle Niehaus:

I am pleased to announce that Charlie Yonts, a psychologist with autonomous functioning, will be facilitating a free support group for individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Southeastern Kentucky! Please see the flier below and spread the word!

CRCC Support Group Flier


Michelle Niehaus, LCSW
Program Administrator
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
KY Division of Behavioral Health

EKU learning living community social

The following is from Linda Kolb Bozeman of the EKU interpreter Outreach:

EKU is having an open house social/mixer for both incoming students and deaf/hh high school students on Tuesday, February 19 at 5:00 pm in the Walters residence hall loft on the EKU campus.

Walters Hall will have two floors dedicated as ASL only floors and will be part of our "living and learning" community beginning in Fall 2013. Free food!! And a taste of EKU as well.

Purple: Outreach Specialist - Ohio

Heads up, there's a job opening at Purple for an Outreach Specialist in Ohio.

The following excerpt was taken from their job announcement:

Brief summary of duties:
The Outreach Specialist will spend up to 80% of their time making contact in the community in order to obtain customers by educating about Purple Communications products and services. The outreach specialist will also be responsible for the installation of products and will ensure the follow up of superb customer service, to ensure customer loyalty.

Read more about this vacancy.

There's also other vacancy listings here.

Text to 911

Great news! We seem to be getting closer to text to 911 capability! Check out the video below which was published by the FCC.

Get more information gleaned from an email forwarded by KAD member, Betty Timon.

Deaf Dog Needs a Home

Heads up, a deaf dog named Blue needs a new home. The following letter is from Petra Stephens who is helping a friend find a home for Blue. If you're interested, please contact Prsident Sharon White for contact information (see below).


Introduction to Blue

Blue is about two years old.  He is very affectionate.  Blue does well with other dogs at the dog park. He would do best in a home as an only dog. Due to his deafness, he looks to you more often for visual cues and does not like it when you are focused on him and switch attention to another dog. As I had stated Blue is with my friend who fosters dogs.

Petra Stephens
Request contact information from KAD

A Word from Project Endeavor

Project Endeavor

If you can’t quite hear everything on the telephone, the CapTel phone could be for you! For a limited time, qualified seniors can receive a discounted CapTel 840i phone thanks to CSD’s Federal Grant: Project Endeavor! Contact us at 800-233-9130 to find out if you qualify!

  • CapTel 840i (for individuals with high speed Internet) - Captioned Telephone that works with your current Internet service and landline telephone service. Act now and pay only $20 for the Captioned Telephone!
  • CapTel 840i + Sprint Cradle Point Internet Service, includes a 2 year service plan (for individuals without Internet service) Internet service and the CapTel phone bundled together, for people who don't already have Internet service. Act now and pay only $50 for everything!

TO APPLY - PLEASE CALL WCI AT 1-800-233-9130


Read the flyer.