Video alerts deaf and hard of hearing on watching the upcoming solar eclipse safely

KCDHH

News release

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) has created a video that alerts deaf and hard of hearing citizens on how to watch the August 21 solar eclipse safely. According to KCDHH Executive Director Virginia L. Moore, the video has received national attention, receiving over 57,000 views on Facebook and 1,400 shares.

“This is an exciting time for all of Kentucky’s citizens,” said Moore. “We just want to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing citizens are well informed about this event and take all necessary precautions to protect their vision as they enjoy this historic eclipse.” 

During the video, a narrator provides information on the eclipse and instructions on viewing it safely in American Sign Language.

“We don’t want to damage the sense (eyesight) that we rely so heavily on,” the narrator says. “With that in mind, you should know that there are special solar glasses that will protect your eyes while you view the solar eclipse. You can find these glasses in various local stores.”

The video goes on to explain how to identify if the solar eclipse viewing glasses are genuine, and how to identify if they have been damaged. 

You can view the post on the KCDHH Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KCDHH/ or go to the website, www.kcdhh.ky.gov/, click on the “Vlog” tab and watch the Solar Eclipse 2017 video.

About the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, acts as an advocate for deaf and hard of hearing persons on legislative issues as well as a consultant to the Governor, General Assembly, and various state and local governmental agencies concerning policies and programs that pertain to people with hearing loss. KCDHH also serves the nearly 750,000 Kentuckians who have a hearing loss and provides information, referral and advocacy services and produces the biennial DeaFestival-Kentucky. Visit the KCDHH website, www.kcdhh.ky.gov, or like KCDHH on Facebook.