Kentucky Classic Weekend Schedule

Friday, January 9, 2009

8:00 ENCSD & AASD – breakfast at Grow Hall

11:45 AASD & ENCSD – lunch at Grow Hall


3:30 ENCSD vs. AASD (BOYS)

5:00 to 6:00 pm Dinner in Grow Hall

7:00 KSD vs. MSD (GIRLS)

8:30 KSD vs. MSD (BOYS)

10:00 – 11:15 p.m. Social in KSD Grille

Saturday, January 10, 2009

7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in Grow Hall

8:30 MSD vs. ENCSD (GIRLS)

10:00 MSD vs. ENCSD (BOYS)

10:00 Early lunch for KSD and AASD GIRLS

12:00 noon KSD vs. AASD (GIRLS)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch in Grow Hall

1:30 KSD vs. AASD (BOYS)

3:00 MSD vs. AASD (GIRLS)

4:30 MSD vs. AASD (BOYS)

5:00 Early dinner for KSD and ENCSD GIRLS in Grow Hall

* 5:15 – 6:30 Dinner in Grow Hall (*Coaches & KSD Dorm Staff – pick up food for breakfast)

7:00 ENCSD vs. KSD (GIRLS)

8:30 ENCSD vs. KSD (BOYS)

9:45 Awards Program

10:00 – 12:00 Social in KSD Grille

Sunday, January 11, 2009

All teams/students will eat breakfast in their respective dorms.

Visiting teams will depart for home after breakfast.

Have a safe trip home.


SEKDC End of Year party!!


Greetings everyone!

May your Christmas with your families & friends be a pleasant one!

SEKDC’s sending this E-FLIER! to everyone about our next event…

SEKDC’s End of the Year Social – this Saturday the 27th!

Again sponsored by Kentucky Association for the Deaf!!!!!!
Thank you KAD!!!!!!

All kinds of toppings! Pizzas from KAD! WOW!!!!!

And become a member of KAD (sign up at the door) – no additional cost!!!!!!

Come 1pm and stay as long as you like!

Bring your own liquor!

Might have beer for sale – wait and see!



Just come see old and new friends, social, chat, play some games &
more things we’ll do!

Folks from Purple Communications will be there also -demonstrating what they
have for the Deaf & in the future! – come and see what news they have for
our/your future!

PLUS we will be showing 2008 pictures of events we had this year!!!!

Also KAD will show their National Association for the Deaf (NAD) meeting
pictures and information from their last meeting from Louisianna!!!!

Social’s at London, KY’s American Greeting – directions:

In London, KY
from 192 (driving from east or west),
make a turn on 229 (Barborville Street towards north)
and shortly make a left turn to a driveway at “American Legion Post #16” -look
for signs.


Some things may change -watch for our email for the announcements or we may
announce at the Social.



Oh Boy! 2008 is almost over! Soon we’ll be seeing 2010!
Maybe we can discuss what we want to do for the coming of 2010!?

Any ideas is good!

-SEKDC is not responsible for lost, stolen, damages, injuries or anything else,
but no-one is to drink & drive -must have a friend who does not drink to drive
for you.

Thank you

Email us at:

Dodie Karr

Merry Christmas to you All

We wish you a very MERRY Christmas!

From the KSD Alumni Co-Editors Sarita Johnson Harkness, G-93,  Toby Dean Overstreet, G-94, and Santa, G-95. Can you guess who Santa is 🙂 HE is a fellow Alumnae.

New federal law closes KSD pool

Sunday December 21, 2008

New federal law closes KSD pool


A new federal regulation meant to prevent drownings caused by swimming pool drains has pulled the plug on aquatic activities at Kentucky School for the Deaf.

Bill Melton, KSD director of operations, said the school pool was closed Friday until further notice. The school could not find approved covers large enough to fit over the pool’s two 24-inch drains, as is required by the law.

“What we were told is that we need to shut down today because we are no longer in compliance,” Melton said Friday.

The pool closure not only means that KSD students will have to do without swimming until the situation is resolved, but it could also sink the season for the Danville and Boyle County swim teams, both of which use the pool for training and hosting meets.

Danville swim coach Marc Williams could not be reached for comment, but told members of his team in an e-mail Thursday, “We are OK for Thursday and Friday practices. Beyond that, I don’t know. I’ll keep you posted.”

The new law, which became effective Saturday, is called the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. It is named after the grandson of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who died in a spa at age 7 when he was pulled to the bottom by a suction drain. Another child died in similar circumstances at a Lexington pool this summer.

The KSD pool is unique among the three large indoor pools in Danville because of the size of its drains. No one is yet manufacturing approved covers large enough to fit over them, Melton said.

“You can’t just go down to the machine shop and have them made; they have to be approved by the feds,” Melton said. “If they made them, we’d have them.”

Centre College was able to order covers for the smaller drains in its pool in Boles Natatorium. The pool was drained early last week and the new covers installed on Thursday. The pool will reopen when students return from holiday break on Jan. 5, said John Cuny, Centre’s vice president of finance.

The drains at the pool at the McDowell Wellness Center were already in compliance with the law, said director Michael Matthews.

Outdoor pools have until the summer swimming season to bring their drains into compliance.

Melton said it is ironic that KSD’s pool is being closed by the new law, which is meant to make drains that operate by a suction system safer.

The KSD drain and filtering system operates by gravity, and doesn’t create much danger of pulling a swimmer down, Melton said.

The school was hoping the pool’s gravity system, plus the fact that larger drain covers are not being manufactured yet, might earn it some slack.

“We were hoping for a little bit of variance on it but it didn’t happen that way,” Melton said.

Fines can be levied for pools found out of compliance with the law, though Melton said he isn’t sure how much or who will be enforcing the law.

It might fall to the state Attorney General’s Office or local health departments, he said.

Copyright:The Advocate-Messenger 2008

Deep Breaths – KSD students learn physics through scuba diving

Jonathan Ramser, right, and other Kentucky School for the Deaf students learn how to communicate under water during a scuba-diving lesson. (Clay Jackson photo)

Diving instructor Jamie Clark, left, works with KSD student Isaias Salomon. (Clay Jackson photo)

Diving instructor Jamie Clark, left, helps Jonathan Johnson under water while KSD teacher Lisaann Hampton talks with Kellie Martin, back to camera, and interpreter Dennis Wheeler. (Clay Jackson photo)

Lisaann Hampton uses sign language to talk to student Jonathan Ramser. (Clay Jackson photo)

Sunday December 21, 2008

Deep Breaths – KSD students learn physics through scuba diving


While many local kids were hitting the snooze button because of canceled classes Tuesday morning, a group of Kentucky School for the Deaf students were strapping on scuba tanks in the balmy environs of the pool in Thomas Hall.

Their science teacher, Lisaann Hampton, hopes they were developing both an appreciation for diving and an understanding of some principals in physics.

Hampton has long mixed her avocation with her vocation.

“I have been diving since the early ’90s,” she said. “I traveled to the Bahamas with other teachers for seven or eight years to learn ways of teaching with marine ecology. It focused a lot on bringing coral reefs into the classroom back in the states.”

Hampton said she instantly connected the physics section of her integrated science class with her passion for diving.

“As a diver, it was a no-brainer for me to get in the water to learn about buoyancy and pressure,” she said. “But I think it also opens up different pathways of thought about water, the ocean and hopefully ecology.”

Hampton, who has been with KSD since October, is grateful that her new employer is receptive to her unorthodox pedagogy.

“This school appears to be very supportive of authentic education,” she said. “That is obviously something that I try to shoot for whenever possible.”

Hampton had to get permission from the administration before she could go to the pool and put her plan into action.

KSD Principal Rodney Buis said he was immediately receptive to the idea.

“I think it works great with the unit they are doing,” he said. ” It helps with all students, but it really helps our kids so much to experience. We are fortunate in this case because most schools don’t have the facilities to do something like this.”

Many of her students, seniors at KSD, seemed to like the idea immediately as well.

Jamie Clark, who operates Jamie Clark Diving in Harrodsburg, volunteered to give the lessons Tuesday and donated all of the equipment.

He was impressed with how well most of the students took to their new found ability to breathe in the water.

“I was not sure how it would work with interpreters, but I think this went amazingly well,” he said. “This is not a sport for everybody and almost all of the kids really seemed to enjoy it.”

As Hampton points out, though, American Sign Language often gives deaf and hard-of-hearing people an advantage over their hearing counterparts when they learn scuba.

“When we as hearing people go under the water, we are leaving our world in a way because we lose our ability to hear and to speak,” she said. “When a deaf or hard-of-hearing person dives, their ability to communicate through sign really enhances the experience.”

Hampton said she also has seen how much the ability to communicate impacts the actual learning process for scuba.

“I have observed a diving class that included a hard-of-hearing person,” she said. “He dove with an interpreter, so while everybody else is waiting for instruction, they were having a conversation on the bottom, talking about how it feels and what they were experiencing.”

One of the divers for the day, Jonathan Johnson, said he enjoyed being able to have a conversation 12 feet below the water’s surface.

“I’ve never been scuba diving before and it was so much fun,” he said. “I like that we could even sign under water. It has been a great experience.”

Clark said the ability to communicate under water has even made American Sign Language a desirable skill for some scuba-diving guides.

“I have definitely known some people who have learned sign language for that purpose,” he said. “It is something I really wish that I knew how to do. It makes me think about learning.”

Hampton can already see ways that scuba can be functional for some students after they graduate.

She points to Johnson, who has indicated that he is interested in welding.

Hampton suggested the possibility of plying his trade under water, which can be a very lucrative career.

“He has really been interested in some of the cave-diving videos I show in class,” she said. “I told him that underwater welders get to work on a lot of projects, like bridges and boats. They make quite a bit of money, too.”

The 18-year-old eastern Kentucky native said he may well pursue the combination of his old job aspiration and new hobby.

“I want to take classes in welding and scuba and would like to get my certification,” he said.

Hampton also would like to see her love for diving flourish with more students.

She said that, in addition to continuing the class exercise, she wants to make scuba a more lasting pastime on KSD’s campus.

Hampton would like to start a diving club and thinks it could take advantage of abundant locations in the area that may not be associated with scuba.

“People don’t realize how many divers there are around here who go out and do freshwater dives,” she said. “We could do that maybe once a month and in the summer we could take some kind of a trip to an ocean environment.”

There is also the matter of getting financial backing for what can be an extremely expensive sport.

“I think that people in the community would really support something like this,” she said. “The kids can learn so much from the world that it opens up for them.”

Copyright:The Advocate-Messenger 2008


Open House a success,

much more in store for 2009

The past six weeks have been an extremely busy time at the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) and for the new Executive Director Liz Hill.

Events such as the Louisville Deaf Seniors Thanksgiving dinner, the Gallaudet-Clerc banquet and the recent Holiday Open House have given Hill an excellent opportunity to meet community members and gather input on issues dear to Kentucky’s deaf and hard of hearing constituency.

The Open House on Dec. 13 was very well-received; in fact, there is a possibility it could become an annual tradition. If this seems exciting, please take a moment to see what else the agency has in store for 2009 in the Executive Director’s Vlog

Deaf Since Birth, Delbert Caldwell Finds Work at Columbia Wal-Mart

By Paul B. Hayes on December 18,2008


Photo: Delbert Caldwell was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of working at a regular job when he was hired to work in the produce section at the new Columbia Wal-Mart Supercenter. (Photo by Paul B. Hayes)

When the new Wal-Mart Supercenter opened in Columbia earlier this fall, it provided job opportunities for more than 200 people.

With employment opportunities very limited in Adair County, there were a lot of folks grateful for the chance to get a job and be able to work close to home. And, none of them were more grateful that 44-year-old Delbert Caldwell.

The reason? Caldwell is deaf, and the job at Wal-Mart is the first “real” job that he’s ever had.

It’s not that Caldwell hasn’t wanted to work that has taken him so long to get a job. But finding a position for a deaf person in Adair County is very difficult to do, according to his sister, Sheila McClister.

“Delbert’s tried to get a job in the past, but wasn’t able to,” she explained. “He can’t just work anywhere, and it takes an employer who’s willing to put forth extra effort and time to work with a deaf person, and he was never able to find that right employer before.”

Deaf since birth, Caldwell attended the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville, going all the way through grade school and high school, and graduating in 1984.

“We tried to help him find a job after he got out of high school and came back home, but he didn’t get one,” McClister noted. “Plus, Mother was very protective of him and didn’t want him going away, so he just lived here, working around the house.”

Caldwell was even married for a while, to a girl he met while attending KSD, but the marriage ended when she moved back to Georgia to be with her family.

So, for many years, Caldwell just went on with his life, sometimes without too much purpose. He drew a disability check, so he had money to live on, but he wanted more.

“I always prayed that I’d get a job,” Caldwell said in an interview in which his sister served as interpreter. “I wanted to be like a normal person, and go to work every day.”

Then, earlier this fall, two things happened. First, Caldwell got married again. He first met his wife, Dollie, while they were attending KSD, but had lost touch with her for many years before re-connecting via the Internet. Secondly, Caldwell put in his application for a position at the new Wal-Mart.

“He told them that he had just gotten married, and wanted to work to support his wife,” sister Sheila explained. Whether or not his getting married played a part in his getting a job isn’t known, but a short time later he received the news that he’d been waiting to here for a long time – Wal-Mart manager Danny Bragg told him that he’d been hired as an associate.

So, after undergoing training just like all the new Wal-Mart associates, Caldwell began his job, working from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the produce section and helping stock shelves.

“I love my job,” Caldwell said. “It get’s a little cold at times (working in the produce cooler), and my knee hurts sometimes from having to be on my feet all night, but I still love it.”

(Caldwell has had to have one knee replaced, and is going to have to have the other one done too, but he says he’s going to hold off on the surgery as long as he possibly can because it doesn’t want to miss any work.)

Caldwell said that the thing he likes best about is job is his fellow associates he works with.

“I love the people I work with,” he said. “They’re always joking with me, plus they’re trying to learn sign language so we can talk more.”

While Caldwell is extremely excited and proud to be working at Wal-Mart, it’s not just a one-way street. Wal-Mart is proud to have him as an employee.

“Delbert is a real conscientious worker,” Wal-Mart assistant manager David Sharp noted. “He is very dedicated, stays focused, and is doing a real good job.”

Sharp said that sometimes it is a little more time consuming working and communicating with Caldwell, but it isn’t a problem.

“Most of the time, we’re able to communicate with him (verbally and through gestures), but if we have any trouble, we just write it out, and he’ll write his reply,” he said.

Sharp said that they’re glad that Wal-Mart has been able to provide a job for Caldwell.

“Delbert’s taken the opportunity and made the most of it,” he stated. “And, we couldn’t be happier with the way things have worked out.”

As for Caldwell, he says he welcomes the opportunity to show that deaf people can be “normal.”

“Most people (he works with) know I’m deaf,” he said. “But, it doesn’t matter if I’m deaf, I can still work.”