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January 2014 Archives

NAD and PepsiCo Tap Amber Zion to Bring ASL to Super Bowl XLVIII

Amber Zion has been selected to perform her ASL rendition of the National Anthem prior to the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 2, 2014 so be sure to tune in early!

Read more about this at NAD!

SCVR Members Needed

The Statewide Council for Vocational Rehabilitation (SCVR) is looking for potential members. Four members will be leaving the Council this spring. If you know anyone who might be interested, please have them contact Dave Matheis or Nanci Soard in Central Office by email or telephone (800-372-7172). The SCVR meets four times per year usually in the Central Kentucky area. All expenses are paid and members can be eligible for a $100 per day stipend under certain conditions. We are especially interested in individuals with disabilities who are or were consumers of vocational rehabilitation services. We particularly need members from Northeastern Kentucky and Southeastern Kentucky, but will accept applications from anywhere in the state.

More information about SCVR can be found at:

Scholarship Opportunity


Deaf Services Unlimited (DSU) is currently offering a scholarship opportunity to deaf and hard of hearing students who plan to graduate this year. Kentucky high school seniors who plan to pursue a postsecondary education are strongly encouraged to check out this opportunity!

We are pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for graduating high school students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. DSU will be awarding a $1000 scholarship to two deserving applicants who meet the criteria...

Read the flyer for more information and good luck seniors!

Duracell Commercial Featuring Deaf NFL Player

A video portraying a deaf NFL player (Seattle Seahawks fullback, Derrick Coleman) in a Duracell commercial seemingly has gone viral in the deaf and hard of hearing community. Despite the video being commercial in nature, it's quite inspirational for deaf and hard of hearing people. We're linking it here in case you haven't seen it yet.

Check out the video now and be sure to click the "CC" button to get captions!

Vice President McMillan in the News!

Our very own vice president, Wilton McMillan, was in the news recently.

Closeup image of Wilton McMillan.
Kentucky School for the Deaf staffer relishes his role as an encourager

To help every deaf and hard of hearing child have a full grasp of not only American Sign Language, but English as well, and to help them succeed at any dream is the life's work of Wilton McMillan.

Read more at The Advocate Messenger.

Congratulations Wilton, keep up the good work!

Class Action Suit: Kentucky Department of Corrections

We all know that life in prison is extremely tough, but what most people don't realize is that life in prison can be even more tough for deaf and hard of hearing prisoners due to a lack of effective communication. Deaf and hard of hearing prisoners in Kentucky prisons are currently seeking a class action suit against the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

We are attempting to identify and inform deaf or hard of hearing people currently incarcerated in Kentucky prisons about this class action suit. KAD needs your help! If you know of ANYONE; a family member, a friend, a loved one, or ANYONE else who is deaf or hard of hearing and is still incarcerated in a Kentucky prison, please inform them about this class action suit. If they have not had a fair chance to UNDERSTAND their legal rights as an incarcerated deaf or hard of hearing person, please contact KAD FOR ASSISTANCE!

An attorney is helping to compile names and put these persons in contact with the attorney representing the class. Contact Marsha Taylor by emailing her at: