This past October, the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreting Team, housed at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute, traveled to Orlando, Florida to deliver services at the Southeast Regional Institute on Deafness (SERID) Conference. SERID is an annual conference that OVR State Coordinators for the Deaf in the Southeastern United States coordinate and deliver to health professionals, employers, consumers, educators, and others who provide supports to the Deaf, hard of hearing, Deafblind and/or late Deafened individuals.
Kentucky was well-represented by Lisa Amstutz, Tara Eversole, Sarah Grubb, Chelsea Naugle, and Christina Vice who provided communication access to conference participants and gained knowledge from colleagues in their field to enhance OVR consumer services.
The 2023 SERID Conference will be in Charlotte, NC and will return to Kentucky in 2025. For more information about the conference, visit www.serid.org.
Interpreters from Kentucky’s Office of Vocational Rehabilitation’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) Branch, in partnership with the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH), hosted the inaugural Julie Beth Hayden Job Fair at DeaFestival 2022 on September 3 at the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College in Danville, KY.
DeaFestival is a biennial, one-day event where Deaf people from all areas of Kentucky come together in a fully accessible environment to meet and enjoy artists, performers, and exhibitors who are Deaf. Tara Eversole, Lisa Amstutz, Sarah Grubb, and Tina Vice, HDI employees, were members of the interpreting team who provided services to allow hearing people to fully participate in the event.
Approximately 7,000 people attended DeaFestival and were given an opportunity to meet DHHS staff, learn about their services, receive assistance with job fair activities, and network with employers. The job fair will be part of DeaFestival in years to come! In addition to meeting the needs of the community, the event will honor the memory of Julie Beth Hayden.
Julie Beth Hayden is remembered for serving the students at Kentucky School for the Deaf and the Deaf community at large. She was an advocate, counselor and, role model to anyone who met her.
If you want to learn more about services available to people who are Hard of Hearing, Deaf, and Deaf/Blind, visit https://kcc.ky.gov/Vocational-Rehabilitation/programservices/Pages/Deaf-and-Hard-of-Hearing-Services.aspx or call 502-564-4440 or 800-372-7172 (V/TTY).