FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will celebrate its 35th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 7, at Salato Wildlife Center, 1 Game Farm Road, in Frankfort with a variety of fun and informative activities for the public from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The free event includes a corn hole tournament, fishing and a bouncy house. Food will be available for purchase from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Before the celebration, KCDHH will host a free financial workshop for deaf and hard of hearing seniors and caregivers from 10 – 11 a.m. on the fundamentals of life insurance, long-term care insurance and estate planning. Dave Frank, from Kramer Wealth Managers, a financial planning organization that specializes in services to the deaf and hard of hearing community, will lead the workshop inside the Salato Wildlife Education Center.
“The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has a rich history and track record of advocacy and providing information and services to the Commonwealth’s deaf and hard of hearing community and to anyone whose life is affected by hearing loss,” said Virginia L. Moore, KCDHH executive director. “As a state agency, we’ve been able to work towards our goal of assisting the over 700,000 deaf and hard of hearing consumers in Kentucky.”
The anniversary comes after a monumental year for KCDHH. The agency, in partnership with the nonprofit Knowledge Center on Deafness, put on its 12th production of DeaFestival-Kentucky, a daylong awareness and educational celebration of deaf visual and performance art and culture, held last summer in Louisville.
“We’ve had other organizations around the country ask us how they can model DeaFestival in their own states,” Moore said. “This festival has shown parents successful role models and allowed them to see that their child can be successful too.”
The Frankfort-based commission was founded in 1982 by an act of the General Assembly as an advisory agency to the governor and legislature concerning policies and programs for deaf and hard of hearing Kentuckians. The commission has grown over the years from 11 members in 1982 to the 15 current members, each representing a broad cross-section of the deaf and hard of hearing community.
“The main thing we are here for is system change, policy change and to remove barriers for the deaf and hard of hearing community,” said Moore. “We connect people to services, as well as advocating for those services for them.”